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We offer a wide range of workshops and lectures that provide the opportunity to focus on topics of interest and clinical relevance for both qualified and training counsellors and psychotherapists.  If you would like to receive regular mailings on events at WPF Therapy, please send your email address to events@wpf.org.uk.

To apply for any of our events you now need to do so through Eventbrite. Please note that we no longer accept applications through the website. If you are interested in WPF Therapy upcoming events, please check our Eventbrite page.

Please note that we do not record any WPF Therapy workshops due to the confidential nature of the clinical material they contain.

Before booking please see our Terms and Conditions and our Recording Policy here.

WPF Therapy Reading Group 2021 - 2022

Workshop dates

Monthly
Friday evenings 7.00 – 8.30pm
A Pale View of Hills, 29 October 2021

Facilitators

Various leaders

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £10
Trainees: £5

More information

Training Administration
events@wpf.org.uk 
020 7378 2050

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£10

This unique reading group is now entering its 17th year and is still going strong. We are delighted to be able to offer an opportunity to explore, examine and enjoy the books below. Our presenters have been stimulating and challenging, and have introduced us to new delights or opened up fresh vistas onto pre-loved favourites.

Although many participants have been trainees and practising counsellors or psychotherapists, everyone is welcome to attend. If you are thinking of attending for the first time or have enjoyed one of the previous sessions, why not tell a friend and encourage them to come along too. Please read the book before attending.

All are welcome to attend this event.

Friday 29th October 2021  7-8.30pm A Pale View of Hills by Kazuo Ishiguro
Led by Stephen Crawford

‘A Pale View of Hills’ was Kazuo Ishiguro’s first novel published in 1982. Partly set in Nagasaki in the aftermath of the atomic bomb and the Second World War, and partly in England, it concerns the life of Etsuko, a Japanese widow, who has also been bereaved by her daughter’s suicide. The novel is understated, enigmatic and haunting, and leaves much unsaid, but touches on profound, and sometimes disturbing, questions about being human in the modern world.

Please book your ticket for the October Reading Group via Eventbrite here.

Friday 26th November 2021  7-8.30pm A Grief Companion and Languages of Loss by Sasha Bates

Led by Sasha Bates

Sasha Bates, MA, MBACP, is an integrative psychotherapist, yoga teacher and author.

Her first book “Languages of Loss: a psychotherapist’s journey through grief” was published in April 2020. In it, she describes her experience of losing her husband from two perspectives – that of a confused, grieving widow, and that of a psychotherapist truly understanding for the first time what psychotherapeutic theory can offer the bereaved. She explores the usefulness, and otherwise, of some of the grief theories, and looks more broadly at different approaches – psychodynamic, body, transpersonal, attachment and more – investigating how each may be useful when working with one’s own and a client’s grief.

Her latest book “A Grief Companion” was published in June 2021 and was, largely, a response to the many requests she received for a more practical ‘guidebook’ or ‘manual’ that could help people through the early months of grieving. With more people than ever before encountering loss due to the Covid pandemic, A Grief Companion offers reflections and suggestions on how mind, body and spirit can affect, and be affected by, loss of all kinds.

Please book your ticket for the October Reading Group via Eventbrite here

Friday 28th January 2022,  7-8.30pm Attachment, Relationships and Food: From Cradle to Kitchen edited by Linda Cundy

Led by Linda Cundy

We are delighted that the editor Linda Cundy will host this reading group.

Where there is food, there is attachment. This book explores relationships with other people, with oneself, and between client and therapist through our connection with food. We comfort, nurture, numb, neglect or attack ourselves through what we consume; food metaphors spice up a therapy session or, more concretely, clients may bring breakfast or edible gifts into the consulting room. Preparing meals and sharing them are therapeutic activities in themselves, helping to bring together couples, groups, and communities. The aim of this book is twofold: to examine the nature of attachment through narratives of feeding, and to enrich psychotherapy practice by encouraging exploration of clients’ food-related memories and associations. Like individual courses of a feast, every chapter has its own distinct flavour, but each author addresses the complex connection between what we eat and how we relate from an attachment perspective.

Please book your ticket for the October Reading Group via Eventbrite here.

Before booking please read our Terms and Conditions for CPD events here.

There are opportunities to facilitate reading groups in the 2021/2022 programme, so please e-mail events@wpf.org.uk if you are interested.

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Fully booked - Kleinians since Klein Study Group 2020-2021

All participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the end of the series detailing their relevant hours, for Continuing Professional Development purposes. We have limited this event to maximum 15.

Workshop dates

11 session course
Session 8:The blocking of insight, learning and growth, 30 April 2021
Session 9:Sexuality, 28 May 2021
Session 10: Difference, 25 June 2021
Session 11:What is distinctive about Kleinian work?, 23 July 2021
Time 7pm - 8.30pm
Delivered online via Zoom

Workshop leader

David Smart

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

11 sessions in total: £275
Per individual session: £25

More information

Training Administration
events@wpf.org.uk
020 7378 2050

Apply for this workshop
 
£275

This study group will be delivered via Zoom online.

How could Kleinian perspectives help you in your practice? Perhaps you’ve looked at the work of people like Hanna Segal, Wilfred Bion, Betty Joseph, John Steiner and Ron Britton in training. Coming back to these with greater clinical experience allows you to explore what they offer in more depth – to get hold of connections and understand better what goes on in and beyond the consulting room.

This study group is concerned with developments in Kleinian theory and practice over the past seventy years – what has remained central, what has been discarded, what has become better understood and what is contentious today. It is designed to work at different levels, offering food for thought to those unfamiliar with psychoanalytic thinking as well as to those who wish to extend and enrich their understanding and use of Kleinian approaches.

The group has been popular and successful in previous years and is generally fully subscribed. The 2020-2021 course will be entirely online, allowing those who live outside London to take part.

Session 1: The development of the mind and the inner world: primitive mechanisms, 25 September 2020
Session 2: The development of the mind and the inner world: separation and integration, 30 October 2020
Session 3:Pathological organisations of the personality, 27 November 2020
Session 4: The development of the capacity to think, 18 December 2020
Session 5: The facts of life and the Oedipal triangle , 29 January 2021
Session 6:The central importance of transference/countertransference , 26 February 2021
Session 7:Envy and the death instinct, 26 March 2021
Session 8:The blocking of insight, learning and growth, 30 April 2021
Session 9:Sexuality, 28 May 2021
Session 10: Difference, 25 June 2021
Session 11:What is distinctive about Kleinian work?, 23 July 2021

2021 marks the centenary of Melanie Klein’s first psychoanalytic publication, ‘The development of a child’, in which she argued for the liberating effect of responding honestly to children’s questions. Since then, Klein and her associates have played a major role in the development of psychoanalytic thinking and practice. Much that was once considered innovative and controversial in her approach has been taken up by those with reservations about her basic tenets. Lively debate continues among those more sympathetic to Kleinian ways of seeing and working.

It is possible to attend individual sessions, but there is much to be gained by revisiting material that may seem familiar and through involvement in an ongoing process. In previous years there has been a lively dynamism in the group. Members have found a space to share impressions, responses, puzzlement, realisations and insights, with an emphasis on clinical issues.

The readings include earlier and later practitioners, clinical and theoretical considerations. We refer back to Freud and Klein as we consider how thinking and technique have developed, aiming to replicate the analytic cycle of learning and working-through. Detailed notes are provided to help contextualise the readings and support engagement with them.

By participating in this study group, you can expect to gain:

  1. A deeper understanding of projective and identificatory processes in work with clients.
  2. A broader conception of how internal and external worlds interact and affect each other.
  3. Greater clarity about where you stand in relation to key theoretical and ethical issues.
  4. An overview of what the Kleinian tradition has contributed to British Object Relations.

There will be a different paper for each session. The programme centres on readings from key figures in the Kleinian tradition – Freud, Segal, Rosenfeld, Bion, Money-Kyrle, Meltzer, Joseph, Steiner, Britton. We will think about the issues raised in the readings in relation to participants’ clinical experiences and dilemmas.

Comments from Previous Participants

  • “This once monthly format is really good value, as I have learnt so much more compared to the equivalent amount of hours in an average 2 days CPD course.”
  • “I’m finding the papers enriching whilst at the same time challenging as well as questions and views raised by the group.  This is good as its stirring me up out of lazy thinking.  I have found the relevance/benefit of theories has been demonstrated in the group on several occasions and also it’s helping me with often confusing work.”
  • “Linking the reading to our clinical work is most valuable.”
  • “The things I found most useful and enjoyable were the readings suggested, the session notes sent in advance and the clinical examples in the sessions.”

Course Reading

Detailed reading lists will be sent on booking. WPF gives participants electronic access to texts.

David Smart’s first career was in multi-disciplinary work in mainstream educational and off-site settings with secondary-age pupils experiencing difficulties. He trained with WPF Therapy to practice as a school counsellor and work privately as a psychotherapist with adults. He is committed to collaborative learning and understands development as a life-long, spiral process. Publications include “Play’ in practice in psychotherapy and education’, European Journal of Psychotherapy & Counselling, Volume 10, Issue 2, 2008, pp. 147 – 158 (with L. Gomez).

This course will be relevant to practising counsellors/psychotherapists and trainees engaged in clinical work and to those engaged in academic study in the field. There will be a focus on working with the ideas and issues clinically. Priority will be given to applicants who can attend the whole course.

If you experience any problems during the application process then please contact events@wpf.org.uk.

 

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Fully booked - Kleinians since Klein Study Group 2020-2021

All participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the end of the series detailing their relevant hours, for Continuing Professional Development purposes. We have limited this event to maximum 15.

Workshop dates

11 session course
Session 8:The blocking of insight, learning and growth, 30 April 2021
Session 9:Sexuality, 28 May 2021
Session 10: Difference, 25 June 2021
Session 11:What is distinctive about Kleinian work?, 23 July 2021
Time 7pm - 8.30pm
Delivered online via Zoom

Workshop leader

David Smart

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

11 sessions in total: £275
Per individual session: £25

More information

Training Administration
events@wpf.org.uk
020 7378 2050

Apply for this workshop
 
£275

This study group will be delivered via Zoom online.

How could Kleinian perspectives help you in your practice? Perhaps you’ve looked at the work of people like Hanna Segal, Wilfred Bion, Betty Joseph, John Steiner and Ron Britton in training. Coming back to these with greater clinical experience allows you to explore what they offer in more depth – to get hold of connections and understand better what goes on in and beyond the consulting room.

This study group is concerned with developments in Kleinian theory and practice over the past seventy years – what has remained central, what has been discarded, what has become better understood and what is contentious today. It is designed to work at different levels, offering food for thought to those unfamiliar with psychoanalytic thinking as well as to those who wish to extend and enrich their understanding and use of Kleinian approaches.

The group has been popular and successful in previous years and is generally fully subscribed. The 2020-2021 course will be entirely online, allowing those who live outside London to take part.

11 session course
Session 1:  The development of the mind and the inner world: primitive mechanisms, 25 September 2020
Session 2:  The development of the mind and the inner world: separation and integration, 30 October 2020
Session 3: Pathological organisations of the personality, 27 November 2020
Session 4: The development of the capacity to think, 18 December 2020
Session 5: The facts of life and the Oedipal triangle , 29 January 2021
Session 6: The central importance of transference/countertransference , 26 February 2021
Session 7: Envy and the death instinct, 26 March 2021
Session 8: The blocking of insight, learning and growth, 30 April 2021
Session 9: Sexuality, 28 May 2021
Session 10: Difference, 25 June 2021
Session 11: What is distinctive about Kleinian work?, 23 July 2021

2021 marks the centenary of Melanie Klein’s first psychoanalytic publication, ‘The development of a child’, in which she argued for the liberating effect of responding honestly to children’s questions. Since then, Klein and her associates have played a major role in the development of psychoanalytic thinking and practice. Much that was once considered innovative and controversial in her approach has been taken up by those with reservations about her basic tenets. Lively debate continues among those more sympathetic to Kleinian ways of seeing and working.

It is possible to attend individual sessions, but there is much to be gained by revisiting material that may seem familiar and through involvement in an ongoing process. In previous years there has been a lively dynamism in the group. Members have found a space to share impressions, responses, puzzlement, realisations and insights, with an emphasis on clinical issues.

The readings include earlier and later practitioners, clinical and theoretical considerations. We refer back to Freud and Klein as we consider how thinking and technique have developed, aiming to replicate the analytic cycle of learning and working-through. Detailed notes are provided to help contextualise the readings and support engagement with them.

By participating in this study group, you can expect to gain:

  1. A deeper understanding of projective and identificatory processes in work with clients.
  2. A broader conception of how internal and external worlds interact and affect each other.
  3. Greater clarity about where you stand in relation to key theoretical and ethical issues.
  4. An overview of what the Kleinian tradition has contributed to British Object Relations.

There will be a different paper for each session. The programme centres on readings from key figures in the Kleinian tradition – Freud, Segal, Rosenfeld, Bion, Money-Kyrle, Meltzer, Joseph, Steiner, Britton. We will think about the issues raised in the readings in relation to participants’ clinical experiences and dilemmas.

Comments from Previous Participants

  • “This once monthly format is really good value, as I have learnt so much more compared to the equivalent amount of hours in an average 2 days CPD course.”
  • “I’m finding the papers enriching whilst at the same time challenging as well as questions and views raised by the group.  This is good as its stirring me up out of lazy thinking.  I have found the relevance/benefit of theories has been demonstrated in the group on several occasions and also it’s helping me with often confusing work.”
  • “Linking the reading to our clinical work is most valuable.”
  • “The things I found most useful and enjoyable were the readings suggested, the session notes sent in advance and the clinical examples in the sessions.”

Course Reading

Detailed reading lists will be sent on booking. WPF gives participants electronic access to texts.

David Smart’s first career was in multi-disciplinary work in mainstream educational and off-site settings with secondary-age pupils experiencing difficulties. He trained with WPF Therapy to practice as a school counsellor and work privately as a psychotherapist with adults. He is committed to collaborative learning and understands development as a life-long, spiral process. Publications include “Play’ in practice in psychotherapy and education’, European Journal of Psychotherapy & Counselling, Volume 10, Issue 2, 2008, pp. 147 – 158 (with L. Gomez).

This course will be relevant to practising counsellors/psychotherapists and trainees engaged in clinical work and to those engaged in academic study in the field. There will be a focus on working with the ideas and issues clinically. Priority will be given to applicants who can attend the whole course.

If you experience any problems during the application process then please contact events@wpf.org.uk.

 

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Fully booked - Kleinians since Klein Study Group 2020-2021 Parallel Study Group with new dates

All participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the end of the series detailing their relevant hours, for Continuing Professional Development purposes. We have limited this event to maximum 15.

Workshop dates

11 session course
Session 8:The blocking of insight, learning and growth, 14 May 2021
Session 9:Sexuality, 11 June 2021
Session 10: Difference, 2 July 2021
Session 11:What is distinctive about Kleinian work?, 30 July 2021
Time 7pm - 8.30pm
Delivered online via Zoom

Workshop leader

David Smart

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

11 sessions in total: £275
Per individual session: £25

More information

Training Administration
events@wpf.org.uk
020 7378 2050

Apply for this workshop
 
£275

This study group will be delivered via Zoom online.

How could Kleinian perspectives help you in your practice? Perhaps you’ve looked at the work of people like Hanna Segal, Wilfred Bion, Betty Joseph, John Steiner and Ron Britton in training. Coming back to these with greater clinical experience allows you to explore what they offer in more depth – to get hold of connections and understand better what goes on in and beyond the consulting room.

This study group is concerned with developments in Kleinian theory and practice over the past seventy years – what has remained central, what has been discarded, what has become better understood and what is contentious today. It is designed to work at different levels, offering food for thought to those unfamiliar with psychoanalytic thinking as well as to those who wish to extend and enrich their understanding and use of Kleinian approaches.

The group has been popular and successful in previous years and is generally fully subscribed. The 2020-2021 course will be entirely online, allowing those who live outside London to take part.

11 session course
Session 1: The development of the mind and the inner world: primitive mechanisms, 9 October 2020
Session 2: The development of the mind and the inner world: separation and integration, 6 November 2020
Session 3: Pathological organisations of the personality, 11 December 2020
Session 4: The development of the capacity to think, 15 January 2020
Session 5: The facts of life and the Oedipal triangle , 19 February 2021
Session 6: The central importance of transference/countertransference , 19 March 2021
Session 7: Envy and the death instinct, 16 April 2021
Session 8: The blocking of insight, learning and growth, 14 May 2021
Session 9: Sexuality, 11 June 2021
Session 10: Difference, 2 July 2021
Session 11: What is distinctive about Kleinian work?, 30 July 2021

2021 marks the centenary of Melanie Klein’s first psychoanalytic publication, ‘The development of a child’, in which she argued for the liberating effect of responding honestly to children’s questions. Since then, Klein and her associates have played a major role in the development of psychoanalytic thinking and practice. Much that was once considered innovative and controversial in her approach has been taken up by those with reservations about her basic tenets. Lively debate continues among those more sympathetic to Kleinian ways of seeing and working.

It is possible to attend individual sessions, but there is much to be gained by revisiting material that may seem familiar and through involvement in an ongoing process. In previous years there has been a lively dynamism in the group. Members have found a space to share impressions, responses, puzzlement, realisations and insights, with an emphasis on clinical issues.

The readings include earlier and later practitioners, clinical and theoretical considerations. We refer back to Freud and Klein as we consider how thinking and technique have developed, aiming to replicate the analytic cycle of learning and working-through. Detailed notes are provided to help contextualise the readings and support engagement with them.

By participating in this study group, you can expect to gain:

  1. A deeper understanding of projective and identificatory processes in work with clients.
  2. A broader conception of how internal and external worlds interact and affect each other.
  3. Greater clarity about where you stand in relation to key theoretical and ethical issues.
  4. An overview of what the Kleinian tradition has contributed to British Object Relations.

There will be a different paper for each session. The programme centres on readings from key figures in the Kleinian tradition – Freud, Segal, Rosenfeld, Bion, Money-Kyrle, Meltzer, Joseph, Steiner, Britton. We will think about the issues raised in the readings in relation to participants’ clinical experiences and dilemmas.

Comments from Previous Participants

  • “This once monthly format is really good value, as I have learnt so much more compared to the equivalent amount of hours in an average 2 days CPD course.”
  • “I’m finding the papers enriching whilst at the same time challenging as well as questions and views raised by the group.  This is good as its stirring me up out of lazy thinking.  I have found the relevance/benefit of theories has been demonstrated in the group on several occasions and also it’s helping me with often confusing work.”
  • “Linking the reading to our clinical work is most valuable.”
  • “The things I found most useful and enjoyable were the readings suggested, the session notes sent in advance and the clinical examples in the sessions.”

Course Reading

Detailed reading lists will be sent on booking. WPF gives participants electronic access to texts.

David Smart’s first career was in multi-disciplinary work in mainstream educational and off-site settings with secondary-age pupils experiencing difficulties. He trained with WPF Therapy to practice as a school counsellor and work privately as a psychotherapist with adults. He is committed to collaborative learning and understands development as a life-long, spiral process. Publications include “Play’ in practice in psychotherapy and education’, European Journal of Psychotherapy & Counselling, Volume 10, Issue 2, 2008, pp. 147 – 158 (with L. Gomez).

This course will be relevant to practising counsellors/psychotherapists and trainees engaged in clinical work and to those engaged in academic study in the field. There will be a focus on working with the ideas and issues clinically. Priority will be given to applicants who can attend the whole course.

If you experience any problems during the application process then please contactevents@wpf.org.uk.

 

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Fully booked - Kleinians since Klein Study Group 2020-2021 Parallel Study Group with new dates

All participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the end of the series detailing their relevant hours, for Continuing Professional Development purposes. We have limited this event to maximum 15.

Workshop dates

11 session course
Session 8:The blocking of insight, learning and growth, 14 May 2021
Session 9:Sexuality, 11 June 2021
Session 10: Difference, 2 July 2021
Session 11:What is distinctive about Kleinian work?, 30 July 2021
Time 7pm - 8.30pm
Delivered online via Zoom

Workshop leader

David Smart

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

11 sessions in total: £275
Per individual session: £25

More information

Training Administration
events@wpf.org.uk
020 7378 2050

Apply for this workshop
 
£275

This study group will be delivered via Zoom online.

How could Kleinian perspectives help you in your practice? Perhaps you’ve looked at the work of people like Hanna Segal, Wilfred Bion, Betty Joseph, John Steiner and Ron Britton in training. Coming back to these with greater clinical experience allows you to explore what they offer in more depth – to get hold of connections and understand better what goes on in and beyond the consulting room.

This study group is concerned with developments in Kleinian theory and practice over the past seventy years – what has remained central, what has been discarded, what has become better understood and what is contentious today. It is designed to work at different levels, offering food for thought to those unfamiliar with psychoanalytic thinking as well as to those who wish to extend and enrich their understanding and use of Kleinian approaches.

The group has been popular and successful in previous years and is generally fully subscribed. The 2020-2021 course will be entirely online, allowing those who live outside London to take part.

Session 1: The development of the mind and the inner world: primitive mechanisms, 9 October 2020
Session 2: The development of the mind and the inner world: separation and integration, 6 November 2020
Session 3:Pathological organisations of the personality, 11 December 2020
Session 4: The development of the capacity to think, 15 January 2020
Session 5: The facts of life and the Oedipal triangle , 19 February 2021
Session 6:The central importance of transference/countertransference , 19 March 2021
Session 7:Envy and the death instinct, 16 April 2021
Session 8:The blocking of insight, learning and growth, 14 May 2021
Session 9:Sexuality, 11 June 2021
Session 10: Difference, 2 July 2021
Session 11:What is distinctive about Kleinian work?, 30 July 2021

2021 marks the centenary of Melanie Klein’s first psychoanalytic publication, ‘The development of a child’, in which she argued for the liberating effect of responding honestly to children’s questions. Since then, Klein and her associates have played a major role in the development of psychoanalytic thinking and practice. Much that was once considered innovative and controversial in her approach has been taken up by those with reservations about her basic tenets. Lively debate continues among those more sympathetic to Kleinian ways of seeing and working.

It is possible to attend individual sessions, but there is much to be gained by revisiting material that may seem familiar and through involvement in an ongoing process. In previous years there has been a lively dynamism in the group. Members have found a space to share impressions, responses, puzzlement, realisations and insights, with an emphasis on clinical issues.

The readings include earlier and later practitioners, clinical and theoretical considerations. We refer back to Freud and Klein as we consider how thinking and technique have developed, aiming to replicate the analytic cycle of learning and working-through. Detailed notes are provided to help contextualise the readings and support engagement with them.

By participating in this study group, you can expect to gain:

  1. A deeper understanding of projective and identificatory processes in work with clients.
  2. A broader conception of how internal and external worlds interact and affect each other.
  3. Greater clarity about where you stand in relation to key theoretical and ethical issues.
  4. An overview of what the Kleinian tradition has contributed to British Object Relations.

There will be a different paper for each session. The programme centres on readings from key figures in the Kleinian tradition – Freud, Segal, Rosenfeld, Bion, Money-Kyrle, Meltzer, Joseph, Steiner, Britton. We will think about the issues raised in the readings in relation to participants’ clinical experiences and dilemmas.

Comments from Previous Participants

  • “This once monthly format is really good value, as I have learnt so much more compared to the equivalent amount of hours in an average 2 days CPD course.”
  • “I’m finding the papers enriching whilst at the same time challenging as well as questions and views raised by the group.  This is good as its stirring me up out of lazy thinking.  I have found the relevance/benefit of theories has been demonstrated in the group on several occasions and also it’s helping me with often confusing work.”
  • “Linking the reading to our clinical work is most valuable.”
  • “The things I found most useful and enjoyable were the readings suggested, the session notes sent in advance and the clinical examples in the sessions.”

Course Reading

Detailed reading lists will be sent on booking. WPF gives participants electronic access to texts.

David Smart’s first career was in multi-disciplinary work in mainstream educational and off-site settings with secondary-age pupils experiencing difficulties. He trained with WPF Therapy to practice as a school counsellor and work privately as a psychotherapist with adults. He is committed to collaborative learning and understands development as a life-long, spiral process. Publications include “Play’ in practice in psychotherapy and education’, European Journal of Psychotherapy & Counselling, Volume 10, Issue 2, 2008, pp. 147 – 158 (with L. Gomez).

This course will be relevant to practising counsellors/psychotherapists and trainees engaged in clinical work and to those engaged in academic study in the field. There will be a focus on working with the ideas and issues clinically. Priority will be given to applicants who can attend the whole course.

If you experience any problems during the application process then please contactevents@wpf.org.uk.

 

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Fully booked - Addiction as an attachment disorder: Attachment gone wrong with Sarah Pennock - Online workshop

All participants completing the workshop will receive a Certificate of Attendance for their Continuing Professional Development portfolio.

Workshop dates

Workshop:, 19 June 2021
Time: 10am - 4pm

Workshop leader

Sarah Pennock

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £75
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainees: £65
WPF Therapy Trainees/Staff: £55

More information

Training Administration
events@wpf.org.uk

Apply for this workshop
 
£75

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom online. 

If you are interested in WPF Therapy upcoming events, please book your tickets on our Eventbrite page.

  • Are you interested in re-visiting Attachment Theory, with a particular focus on insecure attachment?

  • Do you want to increase your understanding of how substance abuse can be seen as a manifestation of insecure attachment in the addicted client?

  • Would you like to consider how your own attachment style manifests within your clinical material?

Attachment is defined as the lifelong need human beings have for affectionate ties with significant other human beings. It is a biological necessity for us to have a secure attachment relationship. Although much of the research on attachment has focused on infants and children, attachment theory is also applicable to adults in a psychodynamic framework, as 75% of attachment patterns remain stable through to adulthood.

The impact of childhood events often casts a deep shadow over us in adult life. Understanding Attachment Theory can serve as a solid foundation for understanding the development of ineffective coping strategies, and the underlying dynamics of a client’s emotional difficulties.

This workshop will consider the aetiology of a person’s addiction as resulting initially from a place of disrupted attachment relationships.

During the day participants will briefly re-visit attachment theory and styles. We will consider the links between attachment insecurity and: substance misuse, disordered eating, gambling. There will be presentation of theory and research alongside clinical vignettes. Group clinical discussion will explore therapist attachment insecurity provoked in the client work.

There is an expectation that participants are familiar with the basics of attachment theory (Attachment in Psychotherapy, David J. Wallin, 2015).

Workshop Leader
Sarah Pennock MSc, Pg. Dip, Integrative Counsellor. FDAP. MBACP (Accred.) is an Addiction and Attachment Based Therapist. She has worked with residential addiction treatment centres, out-patient programmes and addiction support agencies. Following her specialist training in Addiction Psychology at South Bank University, Sarah completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Attachment-Based Therapy to complement her addiction work, discovering how and why our individual attachment styles often shape the way we respond to challenges and anxieties, including all that is evoked within addiction recovery. Sarah runs a busy private practice in Marylebone, London. Her working style integrates psychodynamic theories of personality development, cognitive approaches to decision making, mentalisation and self-observation.

Target Audience:

Training and qualified counsellors and psychotherapists.  Please note that by booking on this workshop you agree to keep all discussion confidential.   

Applications must be received by Thursday, 10th June 2021. 

Please note that by booking a ticket for this event, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions for CPD events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

If you experience any problems during the application process then please e-mail events@wpf.org.uk. 

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Working online: Theory, ethics and practice with Dr Kate Anthony - ZOOM

All participants completing the workshop will receive a Certificate of Attendance for their Continuing Professional Development portfolio.

Workshop dates

Workshop:, 19 June 2021
Time: 10am - 4pm

Workshop leader

Kate Anthony

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £75
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainees: £65
WPF Therapy Trainees/Staff: £55

More information

Training Administration
events@wpf.org.uk

Apply for this workshop
 
£75

Over the last 18 months therapists have been forced out of the consulting room to work with their clients online.  Whilst working online has been around for a long time there are many practitioners who thought that it was not possible to delivery their services in this way.  We have now learned that it is possible and that it can be effective.  Now we are moving in to a different period when the option of working in the room is returning.  Are you going back to in person therapy?  Are you tired of online therapy?  Or are you excited about the work you can achieve in this way?  Do you want to develop your skills and competency in this new medium?

This workshop will help you:

  • To learn the options for using technology in your work, safely and ethically.
  • To learn the psychological processes that occur in the online environment.
  • To gain confidence in this new way of working.

This workshop will be delivered online via Zoom.

 The workshop will provide opportunities for participants to gain: 

  1. A surge of confidence and excitement about the future.
  1. A knowledge of the ethical considerations inherent in the work.
  1. Understanding of the importance of transitioning into and out of sessions.
  1. Knowledge of appropriate platforms for client work and pitfalls of technology.

 Outline  

The first part of this event will be a presentation by Dr Kate Anthony and with time for question preparation over lunch for the less structured second part involving smaller groups discussing a fixed point mentioned in Part 1 (e.g transitioning techniques).  The tutor will visit each group separately to aid discussion. 

Workshop Leader

Dr Kate Anthony is a Fellow of BACP, ISMHO and ACTO and is CEO and co-founder of the Online Therapy Institute. She is Head of Ethics for the e-clinic Problemshared.net. Her doctoral thesis Developing Counselling and Psychotherapy in the Age of Technology and the Internet was awarded by Metanoia Institute/Middlesex University in 2010.  She is author or co-editor of five textbooks on the field, as well as contributing many articles and chapters over the last 20+ years.  Her core MSc training was with Greenwich University, and she also has a BSc (Hons) in Psychology.  Kate’s Certified Cyber Therapist course is available at www.kateanthony.net, and is also available as a Young People specialism.  OTI also offers training in Online Supervision, Group Work, Coaching and Virtual Reality.  Kate was co-author of all three editions of the BACP Guidelines for Working Online (2001;2005;2009), including Online Supervision, and is currently on the BACP Digital Technologies Expert Reference Group. 

Kate, with her partner Dr Stephen Goss of Metanoia Institute, has upskilled nearly 15000 practitioners to work online since lockdown began as a result of COVID19 – offered free of financial obligation to the profession.  She lives near Uxbridge in London on a widebeam barge on the Grand Union Canal. 

Target Audience:

Training and qualified counsellors and psychotherapists.  Mental health practitioners, including Coaches, who have need to know more about working therapeutically in the online environment to offer services in the future. Please note that by booking this workshop you agree to keep all discussion confidential.  

Applications must be received by Thursday, 10th June 2021. Booking will be final after receipt of payment. 

Please note that by booking a ticket for this event, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions for CPD events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

If you experience any problems during the application process then please e-mail events@wpf.org.uk. 

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The singular agony of partner loss in grief - death denial and the couple in bereaved patients with Juliet Rosenfeld (Lecture)

Workshop dates

Lecture date, 26 June 2021
Time: 10am - 11.30am

Workshop leader

Juliet Rosenfeld 

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £40
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainees: £30

More information

Training Administration
events@wpf.org.uk

Apply for this workshop
 
£40

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom.

If you are interested in WPF Therapy upcoming events, please book your tickets on our Eventbrite page.

This is a lecture on bereavement which will focus on two aspects Juliet has written about, death denial and partner loss.  

Given the consequences of the Pandemic 2020-21 – ongoing at the time of writing  - the experience and effects of bereavement are much more widespread than they have ever been.  

Lecture Aims

In this lecture, Juliet will touch on: 

  • Talk about two aspects of bereavement: death denial and partner loss. 
  • What happens when a refusal to contemplate impending death is colluded in by the terminally ill and those around them.
  • Partner loss/the death of a spouse and/or the specific difficulties this brings to the survivor. 

Brief Outline  

The talk will be a newly written paper which will contain anonymised patient material which will be sent out with the clinical elements redacted after the talk.  

Participants are simply asked to think in the run up to the lecture about what grief means to them, have they experienced it first hand, and how they work with it and I would very much like it if participants want to bring clinical (or other) examples.  

Lecturer

Juliet Rosenfeld is a psychotherapist who works in private practice in London. She has a particular interest in bereavement and couples. Juliet is the author of the acclaimed memoir The State Of Disbelief (2020) which uses Freud’s 1917 paper ‘Mourning and Melancholia’ as a backdrop for an examination of the experience of terminal illness and partner loss. She has spoken about bereavement at many venues and trainings, is a Board Member of the UKCP and Clinical Trustee at the Freud Museum London, and is currently writing her second book while contributing articles to national publications.  

Chair

Judith Barac has worked in various settings in a number of roles within the NHS as a psychotherapist.

She trained at WPF and works as a supervisor and trainee development tutor currently at WPF. She also works in private practice as a therapist and supervisor. Her special interest is the perinatal period helping women and men overcome psychological difficulties around conception, pregnancy birth and parenthood.

Target Audience:

This lecture is open to qualified and training psychotherapists and counsellors. Please note that by booking on this event you agree to keep all discussion confidential.   

Applications must be received by Thursday, 17th June 2021. 

Please note that by booking a ticket for this event, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions for CPD events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

If you experience any problems please contact events@wpf.org.uk.

 

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The singular agony of partner loss in grief - death denial and the couple in bereaved patients with Juliet Rosenfeld

Workshop dates

Lecture date, 26 June 2021
Time: 10am - 11.30am

Workshop leader

Juliet Rosenfeld 

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £40
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainees: £30

More information

Training Administration
events@wpf.org.uk

Apply for this workshop
 
£40

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom.

If you are interested in WPF Therapy upcoming events, please book your tickets on our Eventbrite page.

This is a lecture on bereavement which will focus on two aspects Juliet has written about, death denial and partner loss.  

Given the consequences of the Pandemic 2020-21 – ongoing at the time of writing  - the experience and effects of bereavement are much more widespread than they have ever been.  

Lecture Aims

In this lecture, Juliet will touch on: 

  • Talk about two aspects of bereavement: death denial and partner loss. 
  • What happens when a refusal to contemplate impending death is colluded in by the terminally ill and those around them.
  • Partner loss/the death of a spouse and/or the specific difficulties this brings to the survivor. 

Brief Outline  

This talk will be a newly written paper which will contain anonymised patient material which will be sent out with the clinical elements redacted after the talk.  

Participants are simply asked to think in the run up to the lecture about what grief means to them, have they experienced it first hand, and how they work with it and I would very much like it if participants want to bring clinical (or other) examples.  

Lecturer

Juliet Rosenfeld is a psychotherapist who works in private practice in London. She has a particular interest in bereavement and couples. Juliet is the author of the acclaimed memoir The State Of Disbelief (2020) which uses Freud’s 1917 paper ‘Mourning and Melancholia’ as a backdrop for an examination of the experience of terminal illness and partner loss. She has spoken about bereavement at many venues and trainings, is a Board Member of the UKCP and Clinical Trustee at the Freud Museum London, and is currently writing her second book while contributing articles to national publications.  

Chair

Judith Barac has worked in various settings in a number of roles within the NHS as a psychotherapist.

She trained at WPF and works as a supervisor and trainee development tutor currently at WPF. She also works in private practice as a therapist and supervisor. Her special interest is the perinatal period helping women and men overcome psychological difficulties around conception, pregnancy birth and parenthood.

Target Audience:

This lecture is open to qualified and training psychotherapists and counsellors. Please note that by booking on this event you agree to keep all discussion confidential.   

Applications must be received by Thursday, 17th June 2021. 

Please note that by booking a ticket for this event, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions for CPD events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

If you experience any problems please contact events@wpf.org.uk.

 

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WPF Therapy Open Event-Foundation Level (July)

Workshop dates

Saturday, 3 July 2021, 10.00am - 12.00pm
Friday, 3 September 2021, 6.00pm - 8.00pm

Session Leader

Various

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

: FREE

More information

events@wpf.org.uk 

 

Apply for this workshop
 
Free

This free online open event is for those who want to know more about the counselling skills and psychotherapy foundation level courses offered at WPF Therapy.

  • Are you interested in finding out about the counselling and psychotherapy training available at WPF Therapy?
  • Have you been thinking about, or are looking for, a reputable foundation level course that will fit in with your life, challenge you and move your ambitions forward?
  • Are you looking for an introductory level course that can lead to a BACP accredited plus a BPC and UKCP recognised qualification?

Then start, and maybe end, your search with us.

With over 50 years of experience in providing reputable counselling and psychotherapy training WPF Therapy is ideally placed to help you make a choice. This two-hour introductory session will provide you with answers to some of the questions you will be asking yourself – such as what does psychodynamic mean? what do our courses involve? when do courses take place and what can they lead to?

Register to find out more about our foundation level certificate courses. They provide the essential first step when embarking on training to become a therapist or an invaluable aid to self-development and enhanced work performance.

This is an ideal time to discover, in an informal and interactive way, more about the October, January, April and June intakes of the Foundation Certificate in Counselling Skills course, the next January 2022 intake for the Diploma in Counselling Skills (Access Course), or to clarify what preparations are needed for a qualifying professional psychodynamic psychotherapy training. We aim to make these sessions interactive so that participants have a clearer idea of what a course at WPF Therapy involves.

Please book your ticket via the Eventbrite link on our page.  All are welcome to attend.

Feedback from past visitors

  • “I found it really useful just to have the basic information about the ladder of training as I’ve found it very difficult previously to understand exactly what I’d need to do”
  • “The discussions about skills and qualities of a counsellor”
  • “Explaining the process of psychodynamic theory”
  • “Excellent overview of what will be covered”
  • “All useful but particularly liked the interactive style and the smaller groups”
  • Useful to understand the difference between psychodynamic and psychoanalytic, and the difference between counselling and psychotherapy”
  • “Useful to hear the answers to other people’s questions as some asked things I’d not thought about”
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WPF Therapy Open Event-Foundation Level (July)

Workshop dates

Saturday, 3 July 2021, 10.00am - 12.00pm
Friday, 3 September 2021, 6.00pm - 8.00pm

Session Leader

Various

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

: FREE

More information

events@wpf.org.uk 

 

Apply for this workshop
 
Free

This free online open event is for those who want to know more about the counselling skills and psychotherapy foundation level courses offered at WPF Therapy.

  • Are you interested in finding out about the counselling and psychotherapy training available at WPF Therapy?
  • Have you been thinking about, or are looking for, a reputable foundation level course that will fit in with your life, challenge you and move your ambitions forward?
  • Are you looking for an introductory level course that can lead to a BACP accredited plus a BPC and UKCP recognised qualification?

Then start, and maybe end, your search with us.

With over 50 years of experience in providing reputable counselling and psychotherapy training WPF Therapy is ideally placed to help you make a choice. This two-hour introductory session will provide you with answers to some of the questions you will be asking yourself – such as what does psychodynamic mean? what do our courses involve? when do courses take place and what can they lead to?

Register to find out more about our foundation level certificate courses. They provide the essential first step when embarking on training to become a therapist or an invaluable aid to self-development and enhanced work performance.

This is an ideal time to discover, in an informal and interactive way, more about the October, January, April and June intakes of the Foundation Certificate in Counselling Skills course, the next January 2022 intake for the Diploma in Counselling Skills (Access Course), or to clarify what preparations are needed for a qualifying professional psychodynamic psychotherapy training. We aim to make these sessions interactive so that participants have a clearer idea of what a course at WPF Therapy involves.

Please book your ticket via the Eventbrite link on our page.  All are welcome to attend.

Feedback from past visitors

  • “I found it really useful just to have the basic information about the ladder of training as I’ve found it very difficult previously to understand exactly what I’d need to do”
  • “The discussions about skills and qualities of a counsellor”
  • “Explaining the process of psychodynamic theory”
  • “Excellent overview of what will be covered”
  • “All useful but particularly liked the interactive style and the smaller groups”
  • Useful to understand the difference between psychodynamic and psychoanalytic, and the difference between counselling and psychotherapy”
  • “Useful to hear the answers to other people’s questions as some asked things I’d not thought about”
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WPF Therapy Open Event-Clinical Qualification Level (July)

Workshop dates

Saturday, 3 July 2021, 10.00am - 12.00pm
Friday, 3 September 2021, 6.00pm - 8.00pm

Session Leader

Various

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

: FREE

More information

events@wpf.org.uk 

 

Apply for this workshop
 
Free

This free online open event is for those who want to know more about the professional psychotherapy training course offered at WPF Therapy.  Those who have already completed, or are about to complete, a foundation level counselling skills course will be the ones who will benefit most from this event.

  • Are you interested in finding out about the counselling and psychotherapy training available at WPF Therapy?
  • Have you completed a foundation level course and are now looking for an accredited training (BACP) that will equip you with a professional qualification as a psychodynamic psychotherapist (BPC and UKCP)?
  • Do you want an opportunity to ask your questions and find out more about the course content and procedure, clinical placements and supervision that this professional training course involves?

Then start, and maybe end, your search with us.

With over 50 years of experience in providing reputable counselling and psychotherapy training WPF Therapy is ideally placed to help you make a choice. This two-hour introductory session will provide you with answers to some of the questions you will be asking yourself – such as what does psychodynamic mean? what do our courses involve? when do courses take place and what can they lead to?

Register to find out more about our BACP accredited Clinical Qualification in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy course which is aimed at those who have completed, or are about to complete, a foundation level counselling skills course and are looking for a reputable, rigorous professional training. This course leads to qualification as a psychodynamic psychotherapist and registration with BPC and UKCP.

This is an ideal time to discover, in an informal and interactive way, more about the October 2021 intake. We aim to make these sessions interactive so that participants have a clearer idea of what a course at WPF Therapy involves. We also aim to make these sessions interactive so that participants have a clearer idea of what a course at WPF Therapy involves.  All are welcome to attend.

Feedback from past visitors

  • “I found it really useful just to have the basic information about the ladder of training as I’ve found it very difficult previously to understand exactly what I’d need to do”
  • “The discussions about skills and qualities of a counsellor”
  • “Explaining the process of psychodynamic theory”
  • “Excellent overview of what will be covered”
  • “All useful but particularly liked the interactive style and the smaller groups”
  • Useful to understand the difference between psychodynamic and psychoanalytic, and the difference between counselling and psychotherapy”
  • “Useful to hear the answers to other people’s questions as some asked things I’d not thought about”

Please book your tickets on our Eventbrite page. All are welcome to attend.

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WPF Therapy Open Event-Clinical Qualification Level (July)

Workshop dates

Saturday, 3 July 2021, 10.00am - 12.00pm
Friday, 3 September 2021, 6.00pm - 8.00pm

Session Leader

Various

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

: FREE

More information

events@wpf.org.uk 

 

Apply for this workshop
 
Free

This free online open event is for those who want to know more about the professional psychotherapy training course offered at WPF Therapy.  Those who have already completed, or are about to complete, a foundation level counselling skills course will be the ones who will benefit most from this event.

  • Are you interested in finding out about the counselling and psychotherapy training available at WPF Therapy?
  • Have you completed a foundation level course and are now looking for an accredited training (BACP) that will equip you with a professional qualification as a psychodynamic psychotherapist (BPC and UKCP)?
  • Do you want an opportunity to ask your questions and find out more about the course content and procedure, clinical placements and supervision that this professional training course involves?

Then start, and maybe end, your search with us.

With over 50 years of experience in providing reputable counselling and psychotherapy training WPF Therapy is ideally placed to help you make a choice. This two-hour introductory session will provide you with answers to some of the questions you will be asking yourself – such as what does psychodynamic mean? what do our courses involve? when do courses take place and what can they lead to?

Register to find out more about our BACP accredited Clinical Qualification in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy course which is aimed at those who have completed, or are about to complete, a foundation level counselling skills course and are looking for a reputable, rigorous professional training. This course leads to qualification as a psychodynamic psychotherapist and registration with BPC and UKCP.

This is an ideal time to discover, in an informal and interactive way, more about the October 2021 intake. We aim to make these sessions interactive so that participants have a clearer idea of what a course at WPF Therapy involves.

Please book your tickets on our Eventbrite page. All are welcome to attend.

Feedback from past visitors

  • “I found it really useful just to have the basic information about the ladder of training as I’ve found it very difficult previously to understand exactly what I’d need to do”
  • “The discussions about skills and qualities of a counsellor”
  • “Explaining the process of psychodynamic theory”
  • “Excellent overview of what will be covered”
  • “All useful but particularly liked the interactive style and the smaller groups”
  • Useful to understand the difference between psychodynamic and psychoanalytic, and the difference between counselling and psychotherapy”
  • “Useful to hear the answers to other people’s questions as some asked things I’d not thought about”
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Shame, race and identity with Dr Aileen Alleyne - Zoom Workshop

All participants completing the workshop will receive a Certificate of Attendance for their Continuing Professional Development portfolio.

Workshop dates

Workshop date:, 3 July 2021
Time: 10am - 4pm

Workshop leader

Dr Aileen Alleyne

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £75
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainees: £65
WPF Therapy Trainees/Staff: £55

More information

Training Administration
events@wpf.org.uk

Apply for this workshop
 
£75

Maximum number of places – 25

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom online.

If you are interested in WPF Therapy upcoming events, please book your tickets on our Eventbrite page.

How do we work with the ubiquitous emotion of shame?  Can we recognize and think about its specific manifestations in the context of race? Would you like to deepen your confidence and competence in meeting shame presentations in your clinical work?  

Workshop Aims

The workshop will provide opportunities for participants:

  1. To have deeper understanding of working with shame and black identity wounding. 
  2. To understand how shame is inextricably linked to untreated trauma from racial oppression.   
  3. To feel more competent in addressing shame-based issues in your clinical work. 
  4. To feel more competent in addressing shame-based issues in your clinical work. 

Outline

The ubiquitous emotion of shame has specific consequences for black identity, self-esteem and the process of selfactualisation.  Identity is an important signifier through which we try to understand many aspects of our lives – the personal, the political, the racial, the religious, philosophical, gender, class and sexuality. According to Sarup (1996), identity can become an entangled mediating concept between the external and internal, the individual and society, theory and practice.

This workshop will examine Sarup’s ‘I am’ and ‘It is’ aspects of identity, that is, the way we see ourselves and the way society sees us, and highlight where discord, shame and powerlessness reside intra-psychically. The stark contrast between how one is perceived in public and the way we see our private self, can differ widely, and contribute to an inner state of dis…ease. Compounding this psycho-social aspect of shame, is the shame impact of inter/trans generational trauma.

The training will deepen awareness of how the debilitating emotion shame, overarches much of what we deal with in the consulting room. Practitioners will be helped to recognise and work more effectively with the phenomenon and hopefully benefit from a safe (virtual) space to connect personally and professionally with the theme.  The day will be facilitated via a mixture of tutorial input, experiential exercises, clinical vignettes, PowerPoint, and video. 

Dr Aileen Alleyneis a UKCP registered psychodynamic psychotherapist, clinical supervisor andorganisational consultant. In addition to running her private practice in East Sussex and South East London, she is a visiting lecturer at several training institutions and a consultant on issues of race andculturaldiversity within various workplace settings, such as the NHS, Social Services, Education and the Police Services. Her clinical research, examining black workers’ experiences in three institutional settings, makes a significant contribution to the discourse on race. Highlighting the concept of the internal oppressor, it offers ways of deepening understanding of black psychological reactions to the negative impact of racism. Aileen is the authorof several book chapters and journal papers exploring themes onblack/white dynamics, shame, and identity wounding, and working with issues ofDifference and Diversity in the workplace.She is currently writing her first book on Trans/ Intergenerational Trauma. 

Target Audience:

Practitioners in areas of counselling, psychotherapy, group work, family therapy, psychology, sociology, social work, education, teaching, youth work, pastoral care, psychiatry, mentoring, mediation. 

Comments from previous participants

  • “If you are considering doing CPD around shame and racism and feeling apprehensive, this is a thorough, thought provoking and containing introduction to an essential undertaking.”
  • “This is a very “of the moment” course, directly addressing both internal shame, and the implications of working with current and historical racism“.
  • “Dr Alleyne’s warm and authoritative approach meant we were free to speak from our embodied, lived experience without fear or hesitation. Truly enlightening”.
  • “Reaffirming, validatory and eye-opening course!”.

Applications must be received by Thursday, 24th June 2021. Booking will be final after receipt of payment.

Please note that by booking a ticket for this event, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions for CPD events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

If you experience any problems during the application process then please e-mail Training Administration events@wpf.org.uk in order to be sent an application form.

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Surviving Coronavirus: working and living with trauma, anxiety and loss with Andy Keefe - Zoom Workshop

All participants completing the workshop will receive a Certificate of Attendance for their Continuing Professional Development portfolio.

Workshop dates

Workshop date:, 3 July 2021
Time: 10am - 4pm

Workshop leader

Andy Keefe

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £75
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainees: £65
WPF Therapy Trainees/Staff: £55

More information

Training Administration
events@wpf.org.uk

Apply for this workshop
 
£75

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom online.

If you are interested in WPF Therapy upcoming events, please book your tickets on our Eventbrite page.

The high death toll, personal experiences of severe illness, hospitalisation and loss, the length of the crisis and the constant reminders in the media, social media and society are creating a particular form of trauma related to Covidcompounded by the isolation and dislocation of personal relationships, caused by the lockdown. All of which is having an unprecedented impact on the mental health of society, as well as physical health.  Pre-existing inequalities have been excacerbated. 

2020 saw the highest number of excess deaths in one year since the Second World War. Thousands of people are bereaved, at a time when lockdown regulations restrict numbers of people at funerals and prevents people comforting each other and sharing their experience of grief. 

Psychotherapists play an important role in supporting those affected by the virus but face a unique challenge, seeking to contain and process the trauma, anxiety and grief of their clients, even as they struggle with their own experiences of Covid-19, perhaps having lost people close to them or having been ill themselves and facing the physical and emotional process of recovery. 

Workshop Aims

By attending this workshop you can expect: 

  • To understand the experience of Covid-related trauma and the impact of living in conditions of on-going threat, including anxiety. 
  • To have developed a framework for working psychotherapeutically with patients experiencing Covid-related trauma and anxiety in conditions of on-going threat. 
  • To understand the experience of grief at a time of pandemic and social-restriction and the principles of grief-work with patients at this time.
  • To have explored the impact of the therapist’s own experience of the virus on the therapeutic relationship and to have developed strategies for self-care and to ensure such experience enhances rather than impedes the therapy. 

Outline 

The workshop will cover: 

  1. How has the pandemic affected us?  
  2. The neurology and physiology of trauma: what happens in the brain and body when we are traumatised.                          
  3. Psychotherapy with people living in situations of continuing threat: when the trauma isn’t over.                                             
  4. Grief in the Time of Coronavirus. 
  5. Self-Care and Recovery: Staying physically and mentally healthy before, during and after the virus. Maintaining the therapeutic frame at a time of shared experience. 

Andrew Keefe is a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist, EMDR Therapist and Personal Trainer. He works in private practice in East London and the City, specializing in work with survivors of childhood sexual abuse, abusive relationships, sexual violence and Birth Trauma. He uses fitness, especially outdoor fitness, therapeutically to help people improve their mental health and wellbeing and to process emotion held in the body. Before private practice, he worked for sixteen years in clinical roles at the British Refugee Council and then Freedom from Torture, working with traumatized refugees and survivors of torture. He is a former Director of Clinic at WPF. Since the start of the pandemic, he has been working with clients, including health professionals, living with Covid-related trauma, grief and anxiety. 

Target Audience:

Qualified and training psychotherapists, counsellors, clinical psychologists and other health professionals, working with people affected by the virus. 

Applications must be received by Thursday, 24th June 2021. Booking will be final after receipt of payment.

Please note that by booking a ticket for this event, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions for CPD events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

If you experience any problems during the application process then please e-mail  events@wpf.org.uk.

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Wellbeing Wednesdays at WPF (Zoom) - Summer 2021 Programme (July Session)

Workshop dates

Monthly
 Wednesday 12.00 – 1pm
contact improvisation dace workshop in a time of no contact with Lalitarāja Joachim Chandler , 7 July 2021

Facilitators

Lalitarāja Joachim Chandler

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £15
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainees: £10
WPF Therapy Trainees/Staff: £5

More information

events@wpf.org.uk 

Apply for this workshop
 
£15

We recognise that the last 12 months have been challenging for therapists many of whom have been called upon to work longer hours and to support clients with the global pandemic.  These sessions are designed to specifically support therapists (including therapists in training) who may struggle to make space for their own wellbeing but recognise the importance of prioritising themselves.   

The sessions will focus on wellbeing through art, yoga, dance, meditation, music and other topics.  These sessions are for you if: 

  • You can attend at lunchtime. 
  • Have your clinical work at either end of the day. 
  • May be starting to question emotional burnout. 
  • Want to focus on self-care in a group with other practitioners. 
  • Want to have a relaxing session in the middle of your working day. 

All sessions will be on Zoom.  You will need too WiFi with stable access to participate.   

July SessionWednesday 7th July 2021, 12pm-1pm – contact improvisation dance workshop in a time of no contact with Lalitarāja Joachim Chandler 

Would you like to: 

  • Come into relationship with your own body? 
  • Find creative responses to your experiences of body and mind? 
  • Find ways to connect with empathy through movement in Zoom? 

This session will help you: 

  1. To be in touch with your physical experience 
  2. To understand some basic concepts and practices from Contact Improvisation  
  3. To find some calm through mindful attention to the body 
  4. To have found some possibilities for creativity through the body 

Outline  

The basic format will be a Zoom dance class, designed for a small (2mx2m) area with the possibility to lie down, sit and interact with furniture that might be to hand.  Participants will be led towards close attention to the body through walking, standing and lying down, eventually moving between the changes in level.  Improvised movement will be facilitated, and participants encouraged to perceive the space that they are in differently, and to find creative responses to what they see.  We may be dancing with our sofas, chairs, tables and other furnishings or just the floor, but we will also dance with each other through the screen. 

Biography 

Lalitarāja Joachim Chandler is a dance artist and educator based in the dance department at Roehampton University where he teaches choreography, contact improvisation and improvisation. As a performer he has worked with Scottish Ballet, Michael Clark, Adventures in Motion Pictures, Laurie Booth, Yolande Snaith, Kate Brown and Charles Linehan among others. He has presented more than 25 choreographic works and continues to choreograph and perform. His research interests focus on contemplative practices, improvisation and choreography. hhas been teaching meditation and Buddhism since the mid 1990s. The name Lalitaraja was given on ordination into the Triratna Buddhist Order 1998.

Before booking please read our Terms and Conditions for CPD events here.

Applications must be received by Thursday, 1st July 2021. 

Please note that by booking a ticket for this event, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions for CPD events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

If you experience any problems during the application process then please e-mail  events@wpf.org.uk.

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Thinking about the unconscious with Cate Lyon - Online Workshop

All participants completing the workshop will receive a Certificate of Attendance for their Continuing Professional Development portfolio.

Workshop dates

Workshop date:, 10 July 2021
Time 10am - 4pm

Workshop leader

Cate Lyon

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £75
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainee: £65
WPF Therapy Trainees/Staff: £55

More information

Training Administration
events@wpf.org.uk
020 7378 2050

Apply for this workshop
 
£75

If you are interested in WPF Therapy upcoming events, please book your tickets on our Eventbrite page.

  • Are you studying on an introductory course and would like to learn more about unconscious processes?

  •  This workshop content is aimed at an introductory level and is open to all. There is no expectation of any pre-course knowledge or clinical practice. 

  • The workshop will be of particular interest to those who are exploring a range of therapy models before embarking on a professional training, at an early stage of their training and clinical practice, seasoned practitioners who feel in need of a refresher and anyone who simply has an interest in the topic and enjoys exploring.

By the end of the course you:

  1. Will have gained a good basic grasp of some key unconscious processes and some confidence and appetite for further exploration.
  2. Will have some confidence in recognising, exploring and discussing unconscious dynamics.

This workshop will take participants on a whistle stop introductory tour of the unconscious. We shall visit some unconscious processes such as repression, projection, transference & countertransference and stop off at some key defensive mechanisms. We will unravel some jargon and discuss how these processes might manifest themselves in our everyday lives. We shall consider some clinical and non-clinical examples of such phenomena at work along our way.

There will be some direct teaching, and plenty of individual & pairs exercises and time for group discussion.

Target Audience

Counsellors and therapists in training. This is aimed at those who are starting on their therapy training.

Comment from a previous workshop:

  • “Cate is an extremely skilled and engaging workshop leader”

Workshop Leader
Cate Lyon
is a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist trained at WPF Therapy. She is Counselling Lead in NHS Primary Care (IAPT). She practices and supervises in Private Practice. She teaches and trains extensively in the field and consults in these roles in a range of public and private organisations.

Applications must be received by Thursday, 1st July 2021. 

Please note that by booking a ticket for this event, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions for CPD events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

If you experience any problems please contact events@wpf.org.uk.

 

 

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Quantum physics in the consulting room with Stephen Gross (Lecture)

Workshop dates

Lecture date, 10 July 2021
Time: 10am - 11.30am

Workshop leader

Stephen Gross

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £40
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainees: £30

More information

Training Administration
events@wpf.org.uk

Apply for this workshop
 
£40

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom.

If you are interested in WPF Therapy upcoming events, please book your tickets on our Eventbrite page.

  1. What do we mean when we talk about quantum physics? 
  2. How does it relate to our work as therapists? 
  3. How do we engage with the mysterious world of quantum physics?
  4. Can we understand interpretation in the consulting room from the framework of quantum physics? 
  5. Would learning about this deepen and enhance my clinical experience? 
  6. Science or Art?  What can we learn when we look at the scientific nature of psychotherapy via the prism of quantum physics? 

Workshop Aims

During this lecture you will: 

  • Gain some sense of the nature of quantum physics.
  • Be able to think more deeply about the psychotherapeutic dynamic especially the interpretation. 
  • Appreciate some surprising parallels between psychotherapy and quantum physics. 
  • Consider a major philosophical question that underlies both disciplines. 

Outline 

Stephen will start with a brief introduction to quantum physics followed by look at Jung’s picture of the psychotherapeutic interaction. 

We will then consider some of the most significant concepts of quantum physics  such  as “the uncertainty principle” “complementarity” “hidden variables and “entanglement” in relation to the psychotherapeutic process and then finally to “the collapse of the wave function” in its application to the therapist’s interpretations.  

Finally, we will consider the philosophical issue on the very question of the existence and possible nature of an objective reality which is central to both disciplines. Slides will be used and there will be ample time for questions and discussion. 

Lecturer

Stephen Gross is a psychodynamic psychotherapist in private practice of 34 years standing. He left WPF this autumn after 32 years as supervisor and ontology seminar leader. Having throughout this time felt strongly the need to consider psychotherapy in a wider social, cultural and philosophical context. he has published a number of articles, papers and book chapters on these topics and in 2018 his book “Living in Language” was launched at WPF as well as at the Freud Museum. 

His play “Freud’s Night Visitors” was performed too at both of these venues some years before . His particular interests are literature, classical music, philosophy and more recently quantum physics. 

Chair

Judith Barac has worked in various settings in a number of of roles within the nhs as a psychotherapist.

She trained at WPF and works as a supervisor and trainee development tutor currently at WPF. She also works in private practice as a therapist and supervisor. Her special interest is the perinatal period helping women and men overcome psychological difficulties around conception, pregnancy birth and parenthood.

Target Audience:

To people of all ages (including psychotherapists and quantum physicists) with an open and adventurous mind. Please note that by booking on this event you agree to keep all discussion confidential.   

Applications must be received by Thursday, 1st July 2021. 

Please note that by booking a ticket for this event, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions for CPD events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

If you experience any problems please contact events@wpf.org.uk.

 

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Quantum physics in the consulting room with Stephen Gross

Workshop dates

Lecture date, 10 July 2021
Time: 10am - 11.30am

Workshop leader

Stephen Gross

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £40
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainees: £30

More information

Training Administration
events@wpf.org.uk

Apply for this workshop
 
£40

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom.

If you are interested in WPF Therapy upcoming events, please book your tickets on our Eventbrite page.

  1. What do we mean when we talk about quantum physics? 
  2. How does it relate to our work as therapists? 
  3. How do we engage with the mysterious world of quantum physics 
  4. Can we understand interpretation in the consulting room from the framework of quantum physics? 
  5. Would learning about this deepen and enhance my clinical experience? 
  6. Science or Art?  What can we learn when we look at the scientific nature of psychotherapy via the prism of quantum physics? 

Workshop Aims

During this lecture you will: 

  •  Gain some sense of the nature of quantum physics.
  • Be able to think more deeply about the psychotherapeutic dynamic especially the interpretation. 
  • Appreciate some surprising parallels between psychotherapy and quantum physics. 
  • Consider a major philosophical question that underlies both disciplines. 

Outline 

Stephen will start with a brief introduction to quantum physics followed by look at Jung’s picture of the psychotherapeutic interaction. 

We will then consider some of the most significant concepts of quantum physics  such  as “the uncertainty principle” “complementarity” “hidden variables and “entanglement” in relation to the psychotherapeutic process and then finally to “the collapse of the wave function” in its application to the therapist’s interpretations.  

Finally, we will consider the philosophical issue on the very question of the existence and possible nature of an objective reality which is central to both disciplines. Slides will be used and there will be ample time for questions and discussion. 

Lecturer

Stephen Gross is a psychodynamic psychotherapist in private practice of 34 years standing. He left WPF this autumn after 32 years as supervisor and ontology seminar leader. Having throughout this time felt strongly the need to consider psychotherapy in a wider social, cultural and philosophical context. he has published a number of articles, papers and book chapters on these topics and in 2018 his book “Living in Language” was launched at WPF as well as at the Freud Museum. 

His play “Freud’s Night Visitors” was performed too at both of these venues some years before . His particular interests are literature, classical music, philosophy and more recently quantum physics. 

Chair

Judith Barac has worked in various settings in a number of of roles within the nhs as a psychotherapist.

She trained at WPF and works as a supervisor and trainee development tutor currently at WPF. She also works in private practice as a therapist and supervisor. Her special interest is the perinatal period helping women and men overcome psychological difficulties around conception, pregnancy birth and parenthood.

Target Audience:

To people of all ages (including psychotherapists and quantum physicists) with an open and adventurous mind. Please note that by booking on this event you agree to keep all discussion confidential.   

Applications must be received by Thursday, 1st July 2021. 

Please note that by booking a ticket for this event, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions for CPD events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

If you experience any problems during the application process then please contact events@wpf.org.uk.

 

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Wellbeing Wednesdays at WPF (Zoom) - Summer 2021 Programme (August Session)

Workshop dates

Monthly
 Wednesday 12.00 – 1.30pm
Play with drawing with Caroline Banks , 4 August 2021

Facilitators

Caroline Banks

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £20
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainees: £15
WPF Therapy Trainees/Staff: £10

More information

events@wpf.org.uk 

Apply for this workshop
 
£20

We recognise that the last 12 months have been challenging for therapists many of whom have been called upon to work longer hours and to support clients with the global pandemic.  These sessions are designed to specifically support therapists (including therapists in training) who may struggle to make space for their own wellbeing but recognise the importance of prioritising themselves.   

The sessions will focus on wellbeing through art, yoga, dance, meditation, music and other topics.  These sessions are for you if: 

  • You can attend at lunchtime. 
  • Have your clinical work at either end of the day. 
  • May be starting to question emotional burnout. 
  • Want to focus on self-care in a group with other practitioners. 
  • Want to have a relaxing session in the middle of your working day. 

All sessions will be on Zoom.  You will need too WiFi with stable access to participate.   

August SessionWednesday 4th August 2021, 12-1.30 pm – Play with drawing with Caroline Banks, 1.5 hour workshop

Time to slow down and relax and gain a different view on how creative thinking works during this interactive, 90 minute sessionThe session will be on Zoom, and you will need to keep your camera on throughout so that all participants are visible. The aim is for the session to be as close to an “in real life” scenario as possible. 

There will be a range of games and exercises performed by participants and facilitated by Caroline. The concept of Play With Drawing will be introduced and a range of mark-making methods demonstrated. Participants will be asked to bring a small object to the session and discuss it using sight and touch. Participants will also be encouraged to draw, according to different instructions, an object that will be shown on screen. There will be the opportunity to select their favourite drawing to discuss. The concept of drawing for information and communication will be discussed. 

Attending this workshop will: 

  • Help you develop your observational skills 
  • Provide you with quick and simple relaxation techniques 
  • Increase confidence in your creative ability 
  • Give a feeling of calm and satisfaction 

A basic list of materials required will be sent in advance of the workshop to all those who register.  

Biography 

Caroline Banks is An Anglo-French visual artist now based in London. After graduating in Mixed Media Textiles from Loughborough University, she had a career in design in both fashion and interiors. She moved to India in 2001 working there then in China and Vietnam before returning to the UK at the end of 2007. She began showing her artwork again in 2014 and is now fully focused on her art career. She exhibits through galleries, with art consultancies and at art fairs including The Other Art Fair (London & New York) and the Affordable Art Fair Battersea. Much of her work is commissioned for specific locations by both private individuals and corporations including the Berkeley Group. Caroline publishes a weekly blog through her website and is a member of the ArtCan advisory committee. 

Since 2018 she has gradually expanded her practice to include drawing workshops which developed into the Play With Drawing project online. This focuses on the wellbeing of mark-making for people to reconnect with their creativity.

Applications must be received by Thursday, 29th July 2021. 

Please note that by booking a ticket for this event, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions for CPD events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

If you experience any problems during the application process then please e-mail  events@wpf.org.uk.

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Cultural competency workshop with Baffour Ababio - Zoom Workshop

All participants completing the workshop will receive a Certificate of Attendance for their Continuing Professional Development portfolio.

Workshop dates

Workshop:, 4 September 2021
Time: 10am - 4pm

Workshop leader

Baffour Ababio

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £75
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainees: £65
WPF Therapy Trainees/Staff: £55

More information

Training Administration
events@wpf.org.uk

Apply for this workshop
 
£75

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom online.

If you are interested in WPF Therapy upcoming events, please book your tickets on our Eventbrite page.

 The heart of the matter is learning how to become increasingly undefended around matters of diversity and otherness such that you can be open: open to the other person who will be, in some significant ways, most certainly different from you.”  Anton Hart 

Recent events have not only unveiled chronic inequities but also heightened the visibility of these injustices and their impact particularly in Black Asian, African and ethnic minority communities.  Now more than ever psychotherapists and counsellors must work with their clients in processing these ‘external’ issues presenting with increasing frequency in their internal worlds and in consulting rooms. 

This workshop aims to help practitioners with: 

  1. Engaging with, and understanding how, terms such as: institutional racism, internalised domination, oppression, inferiorisation, operate in the therapeutic setting.  
  2. Enhancing participants’ self-awareness, empathic knowledge and understanding of other cultures and conceptualisation of identity formation.
  3. Exploring their own processes, whether from dominant or minority groups, to be more attuned to the intercultural dynamics in therapeutic engagements with their clients. 
  4. Allowing for a commentary on how cultural competency can be applied in supervision. It will therefore look at the experience of supervision from both angles, as a supervisee and as a supervisor.   

Workshop Leader

Baffour Ababio grew up in Ghana. He is a psychoanalytic intercultural psychotherapist in private practice and clinical supervisor at Nafsiyat Intercultural Therapy Centre. Baffour completed his training at University College London and the Guild of Psychotherapists and is a member of UKCP and BAPPS (British Association for Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic Supervision). Alongside his clinical role, Baffour developed a career in managing mental health services integrating a community-based response to support recovery from a broad range of mental health problems. With Roland Littlewood he has co-edited a volume on intercultural psychotherapy entitled Intercultural Therapy: Challenges, Insights and Developments (2019).

Target Audience:

This workshop is designed for counsellors, psychotherapists and mental health practitioners who are engaged in client work. 

Applications must be received by Thursday, 26th August 2021. 

Please note that by booking a ticket for this event, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions for CPD events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

If you experience any problems during the application process then please e-mail events@wpf.org.uk. 

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Introduction to Counselling and Psychotherapy: WPF Therapy A Taste of Training on 4th & 11th September 2021

Please note that you must attend both sessions. If you do not attend the first session we regret that you will not be able to attend the second session. Before applying please make sure that you are able to attend both. WPF Therapy will not issue a refund if you missed any sessions.

Workshop dates

Workshop date: Part 1, 4 September 2021
Workshop date: Part 2, 11 September 2021
Time 10am – 1pm
Delivered online



Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

Public: £70
Qualified practitioner: £70
Trainee: £70

More information

Training Administration
events@wpf.org.uk

Apply for this workshop
 
£70

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom online over 2 days, 2.5h each day.

If you are interested in WPF Therapy upcoming events, please book your tickets on our Eventbrite page.

Are you thinking of training as a counsellor or psychotherapist but have lots of questions? If so, this online two-part ATasteof  Training will help you explore what therapy training involves and what it can lead to. This experiential event offers the opportunity to explore your own motivations for training and busts the myths about therapy training.

Here are some of the questions which are addressed at A Taste of Training.

Why do this workshop?

  1. Do I want to be a counsellor or a psychotherapist?  What is the difference between counselling andpsychotherapy?  Are psychotherapists like psychiatrists?   What is the difference between a psychotherapist and a psychologist? 
  1. What does psychodynamic mean? Isn’t that Freud?  How do I know what model of therapy is right for me?  If I do the introductory course at WPF Therapy can I go on to train somewhere else?
  1. What does training as a therapist involve? Why does it take so long to train?  Why do I have to be in my own therapy?
  1. I’m a good listener already. Why should I do an introductory course?
  1. What does it take to be a good therapist? How do I know if it’s right for me?  What qualities do I need to have?
  2. Why should I come to WPF Therapy rather than go somewhere else? How do I know what makes a good training?  What am I qualified to do at the end of the training? How much money will I make once I qualify?  What are the professional regulatory bodies?  Why are they important?

What can you expect at the end of this workshop?

 By the end of the workshop we hope that you will have answers to many of the above questions, or if not, a clear direction.  You will also:

  1.  Have a clearer understanding of what a psychotherapy training involves and specifically what is required of you on the introductory course at WPF Therapy.
  1. Have a basic understanding of the psychodynamic model of therapy and how this relates to other theoretical models such as humanistic, CBT and integrative therapy etc.
  1. Have begun to explore how you relate to others and to yourself and why therapy training requires deep, personal work.
  1. Have a greater appreciation of the skills involved in active listening and how these are developed on the introductory course at WPF Therapy. 

Brief Outline 

The course will be taught online using a variety of techniques including discussion in small and large groups and paired exercises.  The two days will be broken down into 4 segments although there may be some changes depending on the group.

Session 1. The Mystery of Psychotherapy
We will look at the differences between psychology, psychiatry, psychotherapy and counselling. What are the different models of counselling and psychotherapy and where does psychodynamic psychotherapy sit on that spectrum? We will also explore what we need to think about if we want to train.

Session 2 Psychodynamic Concepts- Is this perspective for you?
A basic introduction to psychodynamic concepts. Is the psychodynamic the model for us, or are other options better suited to our personalities?

 Session 3- Our emotional world
We will begin to explore ideas of emotional intelligence and our reflective capacity. What qualities does a counsellor or therapist need and is this really what I want to do?

Session 4- Communication and therapy today
Where does therapy and counselling belong in today’s world? What jobs are there at the end of the training? What will I learn at WPF Therapy and is it the right place for me to begin this journey?

Please note that you must attend both sessions.  If you do not attend the first session we regret that you will not be able to attend the second session.  Before applying please make sure that you are able to attend both.

Target Audience: This course will be of interest if you want to learn more about counselling, therapy or psychotherapy training and/or you wish to develop counselling skills in your current work.  No previous knowledge is required.

Comments from previous Taster Days:

  • “Thought provoking and fascinating.”
  • “Really helps as part of the decision making process.”
  • “Very clear and encouraging.”
  • “Very informative, both about WPF as well as psychotherapy generally.”
  • “After much research online I was so confused about the first step into the world of psychotherapy and counselling. This course answered all the questions on my list and many more that I hadn’t anticipated. Expertly laid out with exercises that really help you to help clarify whether this may be the right route for you.”

Applications must be received by Thursday, 26th August 2021. Booking will be final after receipt of payment. 

If you apply for the Foundation Certificate in Counselling Skills starting within one year of ‘A Taste of Training’, we will waive the selection/interview fee.  Please note that the selection/interview fee will only be waived if your application is received after attendance at this workshop (not before).
Please note that by booking a ticket for this event, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions for CPD events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

If you experience any problems during the application process then please e-mail events@wpf.org.uk in order to be sent an application form.

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Introduction to Counselling and Psychotherapy: WPF Therapy A Taste of Training on 4th & 11th September 2021

Please note that you must attend both sessions. If you do not attend the first session we regret that you will not be able to attend the second session. Before applying please make sure that you are able to attend both. WPF Therapy will not issue a refund if you missed any sessions.

Workshop dates

Workshop date: Part 1, 4 September 2021
Workshop date: Part 2, 11 September 2021
Time 10am – 1pm
Delivered online



Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

Public: £70
Qualified practitioner: £70
Trainee: £70

More information

Training Administration
events@wpf.org.uk

Apply for this workshop
 
£70

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom online over 2 days, 2.5h each day.

If you are interested in WPF Therapy upcoming events, please book your tickets on our Eventbrite page.

Are you thinking of training as a counsellor or psychotherapist but have lots of questions? If so, this online two-part ATasteof  Training will help you explore what therapy training involves and what it can lead to. This experiential event offers the opportunity to explore your own motivations for training and busts the myths about therapy training.

Here are some of the questions which are addressed at A Taste of Training.

Why do this workshop?

  1. Do I want to be a counsellor or a psychotherapist?  What is the difference between counselling andpsychotherapy?  Are psychotherapists like psychiatrists?   What is the difference between a psychotherapist and a psychologist? 
  1. What does psychodynamic mean? Isn’t that Freud?  How do I know what model of therapy is right for me?  If I do the introductory course at WPF Therapy can I go on to train somewhere else?
  1. What does training as a therapist involve? Why does it take so long to train?  Why do I have to be in my own therapy?
  1. I’m a good listener already. Why should I do an introductory course?
  1. What does it take to be a good therapist? How do I know if it’s right for me?  What qualities do I need to have?
  2. Why should I come to WPF Therapy rather than go somewhere else? How do I know what makes a good training?  What am I qualified to do at the end of the training? How much money will I make once I qualify?  What are the professional regulatory bodies?  Why are they important?

What can you expect at the end of this workshop?

 By the end of the workshop we hope that you will have answers to many of the above questions, or if not, a clear direction.  You will also:

  1.  Have a clearer understanding of what a psychotherapy training involves and specifically what is required of you on the introductory course at WPF Therapy.
  1. Have a basic understanding of the psychodynamic model of therapy and how this relates to other theoretical models such as humanistic, CBT and integrative therapy etc.
  1. Have begun to explore how you relate to others and to yourself and why therapy training requires deep, personal work.
  1. Have a greater appreciation of the skills involved in active listening and how these are developed on the introductory course at WPF Therapy. 

Brief Outline 

The course will be taught online using a variety of techniques including discussion in small and large groups and paired exercises.  The two days will be broken down into 4 segments although there may be some changes depending on the group.

Session 1. The Mystery of Psychotherapy
We will look at the differences between psychology, psychiatry, psychotherapy and counselling. What are the different models of counselling and psychotherapy and where does psychodynamic psychotherapy sit on that spectrum? We will also explore what we need to think about if we want to train.

Session 2 Psychodynamic Concepts- Is this perspective for you?
A basic introduction to psychodynamic concepts. Is the psychodynamic the model for us, or are other options better suited to our personalities?

 Session 3- Our emotional world
We will begin to explore ideas of emotional intelligence and our reflective capacity. What qualities does a counsellor or therapist need and is this really what I want to do?

Session 4- Communication and therapy today
Where does therapy and counselling belong in today’s world? What jobs are there at the end of the training? What will I learn at WPF Therapy and is it the right place for me to begin this journey?

Please note that you must attend both sessions.  If you do not attend the first session we regret that you will not be able to attend the second session.  Before applying please make sure that you are able to attend both.

Target Audience: This course will be of interest if you want to learn more about counselling, therapy or psychotherapy training and/or you wish to develop counselling skills in your current work.  No previous knowledge is required.

Comments from previous Taster Days:

  • “Thought provoking and fascinating.”
  • “Really helps as part of the decision making process.”
  • “Very clear and encouraging.”
  • “Very informative, both about WPF as well as psychotherapy generally.”
  • “After much research online I was so confused about the first step into the world of psychotherapy and counselling. This course answered all the questions on my list and many more that I hadn’t anticipated. Expertly laid out with exercises that really help you to help clarify whether this may be the right route for you.”

Applications must be received by Thursday, 26th August 2021. Booking will be final after receipt of payment. 

If you apply for the Foundation Certificate in Counselling Skills starting within one year of ‘A Taste of Training’, we will waive the selection/interview fee.  Please note that the selection/interview fee will only be waived if your application is received after attendance at this workshop (not before).
Please note that by booking a ticket for this event, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions for CPD events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

If you experience any problems during the application process then please e-mail events@wpf.org.uk in order to be sent an application form.

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Kleinians since Klein Study Group 2021-2022

All participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the end of the series detailing their relevant hours, for Continuing Professional Development purposes. We have limited this event to maximum 12.

Workshop dates

12 session course
Session 1: Moving from paranoid-schizoid to depressive functioning , 10 September 2021
Session 2: Separation and integration, 8 October 2021
Session 3: Art and depressive functioning , 12 November 2021
Session 4: Pathological organisations of the personality, 10 December 2021
Session 5: The development of the capacity to think, 14 January 2022
Session 6:The facts of life and the Oedipal triangle , 4 February 2022
Session 7:The central importance of transference/countertransference , 4 March 2022
Session 8:Envy and the death instinct, 1 April 2022
Session 9:Institutional and social dynamics , 29 April 2022
Session 10: Sexuality , 20 May 2022
Session 11:Difference , 10 June 2022
Session 12: What is distinctive about Kleinian work? , 8 July 2022
Time 7pm - 8.30pm
Delivered online via Zoom

Workshop leader

David Smart

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

12 sessions in total: £360

More information

Training Administration
events@wpf.org.uk
020 7378 2050

Apply for this workshop
 
£360

This study group will be delivered via Zoom online.

Target Audience:
For training counsellors and psychotherapists who are actively engaged in clinical work.

What does this programme offer?

How could Kleinian thinking and practice help you in your work? Perhaps you have read articles by Hanna Segal, Wilfred Bion, Betty Joseph, John Steiner, Ron Britton or their colleagues and found them thought-provoking. This programme offers an opportunity to explore Kleinian approaches in greater depth in a supportive setting – to get hold of connections and understand better what goes on in and beyond the consulting room.

It has been a century since the publication of Melanie Klein’s first psychoanalytic article, ‘The development of a child’, in which she argued for the liberating effect of responding honestly to children’s questions. Since then, Klein, her associates and those influenced by her have played a major role in the development of psychoanalytic thinking and practice. Much that was once considered innovative and controversial in her approach has been widely taken up. Lively debates continue among those sympathetic to Kleinian ways of thinking and working.

Intended audience

This study group will be of interest to practising counsellors and psychotherapists, whether in private practice, in the NHS or in related roles where a grasp of unconscious dynamics is helpful, such as in adoption agencies and nursing; it is also relevant to those engaged in academic work in the field. In previous years the programme has been fully subscribed.

In the seminars we consider developments in Kleinian theory and practice over the past seventy-five years – what has remained central, what has been discarded, what has become better understood and what is contentious today. The programme is designed to work at different levels, offering food for thought to those less familiar with psychoanalytic thinking as well as those who wish to extend and consolidate their understanding of current practice. There has been a lively dynamism in previous groups: members have felt able to share impressions, thoughts, confusion, connections and insights, with a focus on clinical issues.

For 2021-22 all twelve meetings will be held online, so that those who live outside London can take part.

By participating in this study group, you can expect to gain:

  • A deeper understanding of processes of splitting, projection and identification in clinical work.
  • A broader conception of how internal and external worlds interact and affect each other.
  • Greater clarity about where you stand on key theoretical and ethical issues.
  • An overview of what the Kleinian tradition has contributed to mental health and wellbeing.

Comments from Previous Participants

  • “This once monthly format is really good value, as I have learnt so much more compared to the equivalent amount of hours in an average 2 days CPD course.”
  • “I’m finding the papers enriching whilst at the same time challenging as well as questions and views raised by the group.  This is good as its stirring me up out of lazy thinking.  I have found the relevance/benefit of theories has been demonstrated in the group on several occasions and also it’s helping me with often confusing work.”
  • “Linking the reading to our clinical work is most valuable.”
  • “The things I found most useful and enjoyable were the readings suggested, the session notes sent in advance and the clinical examples in the sessions.”
  • “I feel that I’ve consolidated my understanding of Klein, and made good progress internalising her concepts.  It’s proving very helpful with my training patient, that’s for sure”.

Course Reading

Detailed reading lists will be sent to participants on booking. WPF Therapy gives participants electronic access to texts.

David Smart’s first career was in multi-disciplinary work in mainstream educational and off-site settings with secondary-age pupils experiencing difficulties. He trained with WPF Therapy to practice as a school counsellor and work privately as a psychotherapist with adults. He is committed to collaborative learning and understands development as a life-long, spiral process. Publications include Play’ in practice in psychotherapy and education, European Journal of Psychotherapy & Counselling, Volume 10, Issue 2, 2008, pp. 147 – 158 (with L. Gomez).

This course will be relevant to trainees engaged in clinical work and to those engaged in academic study in the field. There will be a focus on working with the ideas and issues clinically.

Please note that by booking a ticket for this event, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions for CPD events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

If you experience any problems during the application process then please contact events@wpf.org.uk.

 

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‘Don’t go wasting your emotion’: An introduction to the psychology of emotions with Martin Weegmann - Online Workshop

All participants completing the workshop will receive a Certificate of Attendance for their Continuing Professional Development portfolio.

Workshop dates

Workshop:, 11 September 2021
Time: 10am - 4.30pm

Workshop leader

Martin Weegmann

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £75
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainees: £65
WPF Therapy Trainees/Staff: £55

More information

Training Administration
events@wpf.org.uk

Apply for this workshop
 
£75

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom online.

If you are interested in WPF Therapy upcoming events, please book your tickets on our Eventbrite page.

Why do this course? 

Counsellors and Psychotherapists work with emptions all the time, that of their clients, and their own. To better understand emotional suffering, it is first essential to look at the normal role and purpose of human emotions.  

  • What are ‘basic’ versus ‘complex’ emotions?  
  • Are emotions natural or cultural kinds?   
  • Can the ‘history of emotion’ approach guide us 
  • Is there a risk in our work that we neglect positive emotions?       

This workshop aims to help practitioners with the following: 

  1. To become familiar with definitions of emotion, from the evolutionary view of Darwin to that of basic emotions by Ekman. 
  2. To learn more about socio-emotional development.   
  3. To learn more about the concept of emotional intelligence/intelligent use of emotions. 
  4. To learn more about three emotions in particular- anger, guilt and joy.   

Outline  

Martin will use a combination of formal presentation, and guided discussion, ending the day with whole group dialogue.    

Workshop Leader

Martin Weegmann is a Clinical PsychologistGroup Analyst & Narrative Therapist, with many years NHS experience. He has specialised in substance misuse, personality disorder and complex needs, including psychosis. He has delivered teaching and training to a wide range of organisations throughout the UK, including the WPF. His latest books are Permission to Narrate: Explorations in Group Analysis, Psychoanalysis, Culture (Karnac, 2016) and Psychodynamics of Writing, Ed. (Routledge, 2018) and is busy on a new book, Novel Connections: Between Literature & Psychotherapy. 

Target Audience:

This workshop is suitable for qualified and training psychotherapists and counsellorsThe theoretical focus of the workshop will draw upon cultural, narrative and psychodynamic approaches.    

All participants completing the workshop will receive a Certificate of Attendance for Continuing Professional Development purposes. 

Applications must be received by Thursday, 2nd September 2021. 

Please note that by booking a ticket for this event, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions for CPD events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

If you experience any problems during the application process then please e-mail events@wpf.org.uk. 

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The Spirit of psychotherapy — the missing dimension in evidence-based practice with Jeremy Holmes (Lecture)

Workshop dates

Lecture date, 11 September 2021
Time: 10am - 11.30am

Workshop leader

Jeremy Holmes

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £40
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainees: £30

More information

Training Administration
events@wpf.org.uk

Apply for this workshop
 
£40

This event will be delivered via Zoom online.

If you are interested in WPF Therapy upcoming events, please book your tickets on our Eventbrite page.

We know that psychotherapy is ‘effective’, but the ‘dodo bird verdict’ also tells us that with a few exceptions,  no one form of therapy is definitely superior to another, nor does it tell us what it is about therapy that helps.   

In this talk, Jeremy will try to move away from a utilitarian outcomes-oriented approach, and, draw partly on the neo-psychoanalytic ideas of Barnaby Barratt, partly on Jeremy’s own development of the Free Energy Principle, suggesting that psychotherapy is an existential praxis, and an onto-ethical project.  

The background to this is a qualitative study in which Jeremy interviewed people from a wide range of spiritual backgrounds, looking for parallels between spiritual religious journey and the trajectories of psychotherapy.   

Jeremy suggests that while religion provides a spiritual framework for a good life, in our 21st Century milieu psychotherapy has vital contribution to make with its emphasis on the uniqueness of the individual and how to develop narratives which encompass and reflect it. 

 

Comments from previous participants: 

  • A life enhancing 90 minutes that will stay with me.” 
  • Despite the limitations of remote presentation, the lecturer, subject and participants all managed to have a moving emotional connection.” 
  • Jeremy Holmes eloquence and knowledge delivered this complex theory into a valuable resource that I know will be invaluable in my work as a Psychotherapist.  I urge everyone to attend if they can.” 
  • This lecture has opened my mind to a fresh, deeper understanding of clients in their later years and approaches I can use to work well with them. 

Lecturer

Professor Jeremy Holmes MD FRCPsych was for 35 years Consultant Psychiatrist/Medical Psychotherapist at University College London (UCL) and then in North Devon, UK, and Chair of the Psychotherapy Faculty of the Royal College of Psychiatrists 1998-2002.  He is visiting Professor at the University of Exeter, and lectures nationally and internationally. In addition to 200+ peer-reviewed papers and chapters in the field of psychoanalysis and attachment theory, his books include John Bowlby and Attachment Theory, (2nd edition 2013),   The Oxford Textbook of Psychotherapy (2005 co-editors Glen Gabbard and Judy Beck),  Exploring In Security: Towards an Attachment-informed Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (2010, winner of Canadian Goethe Prize) , The Therapeutic Imagination: Using Literature to Deepen Psychodynamic Understanding and Enhance Empathy (2014), Attachment in Therapeutic Practice (2017, with A Slade), and The Brain Has a Mind of its Own: Attachment, Neurobiology and the New Science of Psychotherapy (2020).  He was recipient of the Bowlby-Ainsworth Founders Award 2009.  Gardening, Green politics and grand-parenting are gradually eclipsing his lifetime devotion to psychoanalytic psychotherapy and attachment. 

Chair

Stephen Crawford is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist registered with BPC and works in private practice and as Training Lead at WPF Therapy. He has run many sessions for the WPF Reading Group since its inception.

Target Audience:

This course should be interesting and accessible for anyone interested in psychoanalysis, including qualified counsellors and psychotherapists as well as those in training.  Please note that by booking on this event you agree to keep all discussion confidential.   

Applications must be received by Thursday, 2nd September 2021. 

Please note that by booking a ticket for this event, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions for CPD events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

If you experience any problems please contact events@wpf.org.uk.

 

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The Spirit of psychotherapy — the missing dimension in evidence-based practice with Jeremy Holmes

Workshop dates

Lecture date, 11 September 2021
Time: 10am - 11.30am

Workshop leader

Jeremy Holmes

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £40
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainees: £30

More information

Training Administration
events@wpf.org.uk

Apply for this workshop
 
£40

This event will be delivered via Zoom online.

If you are interested in WPF Therapy upcoming events, please check our Eventbrite page.

We know that psychotherapy is ‘effective’, but the ‘dodo bird verdict’ also tells us that with a few exceptions,  no one form of therapy is definitely superior to another, nor does it tell us what it is about therapy that helps.   

In this talk, Jeremy will try to move away from a utilitarian outcomes-oriented approach, and, draw partly on the neo-psychoanalytic ideas of Barnaby Barratt, partly on Jeremy’s own development of the Free Energy Principle, suggesting that psychotherapy is an existential praxis, and an onto-ethical project.  

The background to this is a qualitative study in which Jeremy interviewed people from a wide range of spiritual backgrounds, looking for parallels between spiritual religious journey and the trajectories of psychotherapy.   

Jeremy suggests that while religion provides a spiritual framework for a good life, in our 21st Century milieu psychotherapy has vital contribution to make with its emphasis on the uniqueness of the individual and how to develop narratives which encompass and reflect it. 

 

Comments from previous participants: 

  • A life enhancing 90 minutes that will stay with me.” 
  • Despite the limitations of remote presentation, the lecturer, subject and participants all managed to have a moving emotional connection.” 
  • Jeremy Holmes eloquence and knowledge delivered this complex theory into a valuable resource that I know will be invaluable in my work as a Psychotherapist.  I urge everyone to attend if they can.” 
  • This lecture has opened my mind to a fresh, deeper understanding of clients in their later years and approaches I can use to work well with them. 

Lecturer

Professor Jeremy Holmes MD FRCPsych was for 35 years Consultant Psychiatrist/Medical Psychotherapist at University College London (UCL) and then in North Devon, UK, and Chair of the Psychotherapy Faculty of the Royal College of Psychiatrists 1998-2002.  He is visiting Professor at the University of Exeter, and lectures nationally and internationally. In addition to 200+ peer-reviewed papers and chapters in the field of psychoanalysis and attachment theory, his books include John Bowlby and Attachment Theory, (2nd edition 2013),   The Oxford Textbook of Psychotherapy (2005 co-editors Glen Gabbard and Judy Beck),  Exploring In Security: Towards an Attachment-informed Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (2010, winner of Canadian Goethe Prize) , The Therapeutic Imagination: Using Literature to Deepen Psychodynamic Understanding and Enhance Empathy (2014), Attachment in Therapeutic Practice (2017, with A Slade), and The Brain Has a Mind of its Own: Attachment, Neurobiology and the New Science of Psychotherapy (2020).  He was recipient of the Bowlby-Ainsworth Founders Award 2009.  Gardening, Green politics and grand-parenting are gradually eclipsing his lifetime devotion to psychoanalytic psychotherapy and attachment. 

Chair

Stephen Crawford is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist registered with BPC and works in private practice and as Training Lead at WPF Therapy. He has run many sessions for the WPF Reading Group since its inception.

Target Audience:

This course should be interesting and accessible for anyone interested in psychoanalysis, including qualified counsellors and psychotherapists as well as those in training.  Please note that by booking on this event you agree to keep all discussion confidential.   

Applications must be received by Thursday, 2nd September 2021. 

Please note that by booking a ticket for this event, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions for CPD events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

If you experience any problems please contact events@wpf.org.uk.

 

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Harnessing the power of exercise: The rewards and risks of using exercise to improve mental health with Andy Keefe - Online Workshop

All participants completing the workshop will receive a Certificate of Attendance for their Continuing Professional Development portfolio.

Workshop dates

Workshop:, 18 September 2021
Time: 10am - 4pm

Workshop leader

Andy Keefe

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

General Admission: £65

More information

Training Administration
events@wpf.org.uk

Apply for this workshop
 
£65

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom online.

If you are interested in WPF Therapy upcoming events, please book your tickets on our Eventbrite page.

Sometimes we overlook the impact of mental and emotional well-being as part of fitness. 

  • Are you a therapist, fitness professional, social worker, teacher or other professional working with clients who are struggling with their mental health? 
  • Are you noticing a difference with the pandemic? 

Many people are struggling to maintain mental wellbeing during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.  The experience of depression, anxiety and stress is recognised as having significant impact.  We know that exercise and fitness can have a massive benefit mental health. Physical movement and breathing have been used for thousands of years by Yoga teachers to promote mental wellbeing as well as physical health. Body Psychotherapy, Dance Movement Psychotherapy and other movement-based therapies grew out of the work of early psychoanalysts and more recently, therapies involving walking, running and other forms of exercise have developed, with incredible success.   

Recent events have not only unveiled chronic inequities but also heightened the visibility of these injustices and their impact particularly in Black Asian, African and ethnic minority communities.  Now more than ever Psychotherapists and counsellors must work with their clients in processing these ‘external’ issues presenting with increasing frequency in their internal worlds and in consulting rooms. 

Workshop Aims  

This workshop aims to help practitioners with the following: 

  1.  To understand how physical exercise can improve someone’s mental health and help them engage with and process trauma and emotion held in the body and not accessible to language.
  2. To understand that exercise has a powerful psychological effect, which can become addictive and a symptom of Eating Disorders, Body Dysmorphia or Muscle Dysmorphia.
  3. How to work with clients to encourage them to begin to exercise, to create a beneficial dialogue between exercise and therapy, to identify and address the danger signs of over-exercise.

Outline 

This unique training is an opportunity to explore to explore the impact of exercise on mood and emotion and the mind-body connectionit will include an hour long circuit-training session with Mindfulness) and will cover:  

  • The physiology of exercise, trauma and the Fight or Flight Mechanism  
  • The theories of how emotion gets into the body and the role of movement in emotional processing (Walking, running, HIIT, Boxing and other forms of left/right activity). 
  • “The Body” and the “Body Ego” in psychoanalytic theory. 
  • The relationships between therapist / patient and personal trainer / client: pair work. 
  • Dangers and Risks: identifying, understanding and working with the risks of over-exercising. 

Workshop Leader

Andrew Keefe is a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist, EMDR Therapist and Personal Trainer. He works in private practice in East London and the City, specializing in work with survivors of childhood sexual abuse, abusive relationships, sexual violence and Birth Trauma. He uses fitness, especially outdoor fitness, therapeutically to help people improve their mental health and wellbeing and to process emotion held in the body. Before private practice, he worked for sixteen years in clinical roles at the British Refugee Council and then Freedom from Torture, working with traumatized refugees and survivors of torture. He is a former Director of Clinic at WPF. 

Target Audience:

Psychotherapists, Counsellors and Psychologists, Sports Psychologists, Body Psychotherapists, Dance Movement Therapists, Personal Trainers (especially those working in Exercise Referral for Health settings), Pilates or Yoga teachers and other qualified mental health or fitness professionals interested in the therapeutic potential of exercise. 

All participants completing the workshop will receive a Certificate of Attendance for Continuing Professional Development purposes. 

Applications must be received by Thursday, 9th September 2021. 

Please note that by booking a ticket for this event, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions for CPD events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

If you experience any problems during the application process then please e-mail events@wpf.org.uk. 

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Wellbeing Wednesdays at WPF (Zoom) - Summer 2021 Programme (September Session)

Workshop dates

Monthly
 Wednesday 12.00 – 1pm
Music and the wellbeing of the therapist with Stephen Gross , 22 September 2021

Facilitators

Stephen Gross

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £15
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainees: £10
WPF Therapy Trainees/Staff: £5

More information

Training Administration
events@wpf.org.uk 
020 7378 2050

Apply for this workshop
 
£15

We recognise that the last 12 months have been challenging for therapists many of whom have been called upon to work longer hours and to support clients with the global pandemic.  These sessions are designed to specifically support therapists (including therapists in training) who may struggle to make space for their own wellbeing but recognise the importance of prioritising themselves.   

The sessions will focus on wellbeing through art, yoga, dance, meditation, music and other topics.  These sessions are for you if: 

  • You can attend at lunchtime. 
  • Have your clinical work at either end of the day. 
  • May be starting to question emotional burnout. 
  • Want to focus on self-care in a group with other practitioners. 
  • Want to have a relaxing session in the middle of your working day. 

All sessions will be on Zoom.  You will need too WiFi with stable access to participate.   

September SessionWednesday 22nd September 12am-1 pm – Music and the wellbeing of the therapist with Stephen Gross 

We all know how important self-care is for therapists, and it has been particularly challenging over the last year.  Music is a major source of regeneration and relevant to our therapeutic work – as therapists we deal in words and music speaks in a different tongue. 

This session will be a chance to explore the regenerative power of musicappreciate the accessibility of music and the significance of self care for therapists as well as consider some of the various ways in being involved in music. 

Biography 

Stephen Gross is an analytical psychotherapist of 45 years standing. He had a 32-year association with WPF as therapist, supervisor and seminar leader; running A.4. Ontology groups for 16 years His book ‘Living in Language’ was launched at WPF in 2018 and a performance of his play ‘Freud’s Night Visitors’ given there 5 years earlier. He describes music of one of the great passions of his life. 

Applications must be received by Thursday, 16th September 2021. 

Please note that by booking a ticket for this event, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions for CPD events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

If you experience any problems during the application process then please e-mail  events@wpf.org.uk.

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Kleinians since Klein Study Group 2021-2022 (for experienced practitioners)

All participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the end of the series detailing their relevant hours, for Continuing Professional Development purposes. We have limited this event to maximum 12.

Workshop dates

12 session course
Session 1: Moving from paranoid-schizoid to depressive functioning , 24 September 2021
Session 2: Separation and integration, 22 October 2021
Session 3: Art and depressive functioning , 19 November 2021
Session 4: Pathological organisations of the personality, 17 December 2021
Session 5: The development of the capacity to think, 21 January 2022
Session 6:The facts of life and the Oedipal triangle , 11 February 2022
Session 7:The central importance of transference/countertransference , 11 March 2022
Session 8:Envy and the death instinct, 8 April 2022
Session 9:Institutional and social dynamics , 6 May 2022
Session 10: Sexuality , 27 May 2022
Session 11:Difference , 17 June 2022
Session 12: What is distinctive about Kleinian work? , 15 July 2022
Time 7pm - 8.30pm
Delivered online via Zoom

Workshop leader

David Smart

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

12 sessions in total: £360

More information

Training Administration
events@wpf.org.uk

Apply for this workshop
 
£360

This study group will take place via Zoom online and is for qualified practitioners who have a minimum of 3 years clinical experience.

What does this programme offer?
How could Kleinian thinking and practice help you in your work? Perhaps you have read articles by Hanna Segal, Wilfred Bion, Betty Joseph, John Steiner, Ron Britton or their colleagues and found them thought-provoking. This programme offers an opportunity to explore Kleinian approaches in greater depth in a supportive setting – to get hold of connections and understand better what goes on in and beyond the consulting room.

It has been a century since the publication of Melanie Klein’s first psychoanalytic article, ‘The development of a child’, in which she argued for the liberating effect of responding honestly to children’s questions. Since then, Klein, her associates and those influenced by her have played a major role in the development of psychoanalytic thinking and practice. Much that was once considered innovative and controversial in her approach has been widely taken up. Lively debates continue among those sympathetic to Kleinian ways of thinking and working.

Intended audience

This study group will be of interest to practising counsellors and psychotherapists, whether in private practice, in the NHS or in other clinical roles, and to those engaged in academic work in the field. It is open to practitioners with three or more years’ post-qualification clinical experience. In previous years this programme has been fully subscribed so early booking is advised.

In the seminars we consider developments in Kleinian theory and practice over the past seventy-five years – what has remained central, what has been discarded, what has been clarified and what is contentious today. The programme is designed to work at different levels, offering food for thought to those less familiar with psychoanalytic thinking as well as those who wish to extend and consolidate their understanding of current practice. There has been a lively dynamism in previous groups: members have felt able to share impressions, thoughts, confusion, connections and insights, with a focus on clinical issues.

This course will be relevant to practising counsellors/psychotherapists engaged in clinical work and to those engaged in academic study in the field. There will be a focus on working with the ideas and issues clinically.

For 2021-22 all twelve meetings will be held online, allowing those who live outside London to take part. 

By participating in this study group, you can expect to gain:

  • A deeper understanding of processes of splitting, projection and identification in clinical work.
  • A broader conception of how internal and external worlds interact and affect each other.
  • Greater clarity about where you stand on key theoretical and ethical issues.
  • An overview of what the Kleinian tradition has contributed to mental health and wellbeing.

Comments from Previous Participants

  • “This once monthly format is really good value, as I have learnt so much more compared to the equivalent amount of hours in an average 2 days CPD course.”
  • “I’m finding the papers enriching whilst at the same time challenging as well as questions and views raised by the group.  This is good as its stirring me up out of lazy thinking.  I have found the relevance/benefit of theories has been demonstrated in the group on several occasions and also it’s helping me with often confusing work.”
  • “Linking the reading to our clinical work is most valuable.”
  • “The things I found most useful and enjoyable were the readings suggested, the session notes sent in advance and the clinical examples in the sessions.”
  • “I feel that I’ve consolidated my understanding of Klein, and made good progress internalising her concepts.  It’s proving very helpful with my training patient, that’s for sure”.

Course Reading

Detailed reading lists will be sent to participants on booking. WPF Therapy gives participants electronic access to texts.

David Smart’s first career was in multi-disciplinary work in mainstream educational and off-site settings with secondary-age pupils experiencing difficulties. He trained with WPF Therapy to practice as a school counsellor and work privately as a psychotherapist with adults. He is committed to collaborative learning and understands development as a life-long, spiral process. Publications include Play’ in practice in psychotherapy and education, European Journal of Psychotherapy & Counselling, Volume 10, Issue 2, 2008, pp. 147 – 158 (with L. Gomez).

Please note that by booking a ticket for this event, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions for CPD events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

If you experience any problems during the application process, then please contact events@wpf.org.uk.

 

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How to thrive in private practice with Wendy Bristow - Online Workshop

All participants completing the workshop will receive a Certificate of Attendance for their Continuing Professional Development portfolio.

Workshop dates

Workshop:, 2 October 2021
Time: 10am - 4pm

Workshop leader

Wendy Bristow

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £80
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainees: £70
WPF Therapy Trainees/Staff: £55

More information

Training Administration
events@wpf.org.uk

Apply for this workshop
 
£80

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom online.

If you are interested in WPF Therapy upcoming events, please book your tickets on our Eventbrite page.

  • Are you thinking of setting up in private practice and want to know what it really involves? 

  • Are you already working in private practice but want to know how to do it more effectively and share ideas/experiences with other therapists? 

  • Are you in private practice but struggling or not making enough? 

Workshop Aims 

By the end of this workshop you will learn:   

  1. What exactly private practice involves – the upsides and downsides.
  2. Practical tools to work out how to best make a living.
  3. Tips and tricks for dealing with all the issues the work involves – including effective supervision, support and self-care as well as thinking about elements like having a niche. 

Outline  

During this workshop we will cover:

  • Private Practice – the pros and conswhat works, what doesn’t, what you don’t learn in your training; what could you learn from the first assessment.
  • Money – Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?memberships, room hire etcEverything you need to cost out to calculate whether you’ll make a profit; insurance, legal support, clients who don’t pay, room hire vs working from home. 

Workshop Leader
Wendy Bristow
 trained at WPF Therapy and has worked in private practice in Central London and then Angel for the past seven years. Her background is in the media – she worked as a magazine journalist and editor before training as an executive coach. She then coached and trained editors and journalists at the BBC, Conde Nast and all the major magazine houses and some newspapers. She therefore has some 30 years’ experience of being self-employed 

Target Audience:

This workshop is open to training and qualified counsellors and psychotherapists, especially for anyone in private practice or planning to be. Please note that by booking on this workshop you agree to keep all discussion confidential.    

Applications must be received by Thursday, 23rd September 2021.

Please note that by booking a ticket for this event, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions for CPD events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

If you experience any problems during the application process then please contact events@wpf.org.uk.

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Working with gender non-conforming & Transgender clients with Michelle Bridgman (Lecture)

Workshop dates

Lecture date, 2 October 2021
Time: 10am - 11.30am

Workshop leader

Michelle Bridgman

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

General Admission: £25

More information

Training Administration
events@wpf.org.uk

Apply for this workshop
 
£25

This event will be delivered via Zoom online.

If you are interested in WPF Therapy upcoming events, please check our Eventbrite page.

This lecture will touch on: 

  • Do you want to increase your understanding of the issues facing gender non-conforming & Trans clients?
  • How to work therapeutically with a client questioning their gender identity?
  • Would you like to learn more about Conversion therapy and why it is harmful and damaging? 

By attending this lecture you can expect: 

  1. Have a better understanding of the needs and challenges facing gender non-conforming clients.
  2. Have a basic understanding of how to work with gender non-conforming & Trans clients and not assuming gender is the ‘problem’.
  3. Working with young trans clients. 
  4. Understanding gender identity and intersectionality. Is gender identity fixed, primal or constructed?

Outline 

The debate on gender identity has become very toxic. The recent High Court ruling on medical treatment, the constant trans-phobic comments in some elements of the media and the debate around conversion therapy have all made working with gender non-conforming and trans clients a minefield for Psychotherapists and Counsellors. This lecture will demystify the issues and provide attendees with some basic tools to work with. 

Lecturer

Michelle Bridgman is an experienced Gestalt Psychotherapist, Hypnotherapist and Keynote Conference Speaker with over twenty-five years of experience in Private Practice and in hospital settings.  

Michelle have been working with adults and young people presenting with Gender Dysphoria for over twenty years and co-authored the ‘Standards of Care’ for professionals working with Gender Dysphoria published in 2007. Recently completed a research project and thesis on “The Role of Psychotherapy in the clinical treatment of Gender Dysphoria”.

Chair

Lynsey Hotchkies, Director of Studies at WPF Therapy.

Target Audience:

This event should be interesting and accessible for anyone interested in psychoanalysis, including qualified counsellors and psychotherapists as well as those in training.  Please note that by booking on this event you agree to keep all discussion confidential.

Applications must be received by Thursday, 23 September 2021.

Please note that by booking a ticket for this event, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions for CPD events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

If you experience any problems please contact events@wpf.org.uk.

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Working with gender non-conforming & Transgender clients with Michelle Bridgman

Workshop dates

Lecture date, 2 October 2021
Time: 10am - 11.30am

Workshop leader

Michelle Bridgman

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

General Admission: £25

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£25

This event will be delivered via Zoom online.

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This lecture will touch on: 

  • Do you want to increase your understanding of the issues facing gender non-conforming & Trans clients?
  • How to work therapeutically with a client questioning their gender identity?
  • Would you like to learn more about Conversion therapy and why it is harmful and damaging? 

By attending this lecture you can expect: 

  1. Have a better understanding of the needs and challenges facing gender non-conforming clients.
  2. Have a basic understanding of how to work with gender non-conforming & Trans clients and not assuming gender is the ‘problem’.
  3.  Working with young trans clients. 
  4. Understanding gender identity and intersectionality. Is gender identity fixed, primal or constructed?

Outline 

The debate on gender identity has become very toxic. The recent High Court ruling on medical treatment, the constant trans-phobic comments in some elements of the media and the debate around conversion therapy have all made working with gender non-conforming and trans clients a minefield for Psychotherapists and Counsellors. This lecture will demystify the issues and provide attendees with some basic tools to work with. 

Lecturer

Michelle Bridgman is an experienced Gestalt Psychotherapist, Hypnotherapist and Keynote Conference Speaker with over twenty-five years of experience in Private Practice and in hospital settings.  

Michelle have been working with adults and young people presenting with Gender Dysphoria for over twenty years and co-authored the ‘Standards of Care’ for professionals working with Gender Dysphoria published in 2007. Recently completed a research project and thesis on “The Role of Psychotherapy in the clinical treatment of Gender Dysphoria”.

Chair

Lynsey Hotchkies, Director of Studies at WPF Therapy.

Target Audience:

This event should be interesting and accessible for anyone interested in psychoanalysis, including qualified counsellors and psychotherapists as well as those in training.  Please note that by booking on this event you agree to keep all discussion confidential.

Applications must be received by Thursday, 23 September 2021.

Please note that by booking a ticket for this event, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions for CPD events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

If you experience any problems please contact events@wpf.org.uk.

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Alchemy today with Christine Driver - Online Workshop

All participants completing the workshop will receive a Certificate of Attendance for their Continuing Professional Development portfolio.

Workshop dates

Workshop:, 9 October 2021
Time: 9.30am - 1pm

Workshop leader

Christine Driver

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £55
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainees: £45
WPF Therapy Trainees/Staff: £40

More information

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£55

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom online.

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What is alchemy?

Historically alchemy was a deeply spiritual and philosophical process in which the aim was to find the essence ofbeing, the quintessence, and not just to turn base metal into gold.  Are these ideas still relevant today?  The principles of alchemy and the alchemical process are, in fact, still pertinent today in terms of the ongoing search to find meaning and understanding about life and about ourselves.  These ideas can help us understand the dynamics of relationships as well as the impact and challenges society faces today.  

Workshop Aims 

By the end of this workshop you will have: 

  1. Input about the philosophy and ideas behind the art of alchemy.
  2. Exploration about alchemy and its links to personal and inter-personal issues.
  3. An understanding of how alchemy helps us understand the dynamics of relationships and social interaction and society today.   

Outline  

During this workshop, we will examine alchemical processes and explore how we can use the language of alchemy to develop a deeper understanding of ourselves and relationships.  We will also consider alchemy as a metaphor that can help us consider the social, digital and relational challenges of the twenty-first century and how they impact us.    

Workshop Leader
Dr. Christine Driver is a Jungian Analyst and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist and a member of the Society of Analytical Psychology (SAP) and Fellow of the Foundation for Counselling and Psychotherapy (FPC).  She was Director of Training at WPF Therapy, teaches, supervises and works in private practice.  She has recently published The Self and the Quintessence: A Jungian Perspective (2020, Routledge) and co-written and co-edited Being and Relating in Psychotherapy (2013, Palgrave), Supervision and the Analytic Attitude (2005, Whurr) and Supervising Psychotherapy (2002, Sage).  

Target Audience:

People involved in the counselling/psychotherapy and helping professions. 

Applications must be received by Thursday,  30th September 2021.

Please note that by booking a ticket for this event, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions for CPD events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

If you experience any problems during the application process then please contact events@wpf.org.uk.

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Privilege, Identity and Otherness: An Intersectional Exploration with Dr Dwight Turner (Lecture)

Workshop dates

Lecture date, 23 October 2021
Time: 10am - 11.30am

Workshop leader

Dr Dwight Turner

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

General Admission: £25

More information

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£25

This event will be delivered via Zoom online.

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  • How can we work with the internalised experience of privilege and otherness and of internalised racism, sexism and homophobia, etc. in the consulting room? 
  • Are you interested in working with issues of privilege and otherness? 
  • How privilege and otherness factors in the therapy room? 
  • How does a therapist’s identity impact upon their own privilege? 

This lecture presents the key ideas from Dr Dwight Turner’s new book and it will provide clinical examples of how power appears in therapy with the other. This workshop also encourages participants to explore their own sense of privilege and otherness. 

By attending this lecture you can expect: 

  1. To have a greater intellectual understanding of privilege and otherness.
  2. To begin to develop a felt unconscious understanding of this for themselves.
  3. To begin to demystify these concepts as they are so common.
  4. To start developing the skills to better work with difference in practice. 

Outline  

The presentation will be provided using Powerpoint and discussion.  

In Dr Dwight Turner’s latest book Intersections of Privilege and Otherness in Counselling and Psychotherapy (Routledge, 2021), the aim is to actually explore the internalised experience of privilege and otherness and of internalised racism, sexism and homophobia, etc.  The last chapter though, looks at how we can actually work with these internalised experiences, especially through the language of dreams.  Borrowing from Carl Jung’s ideas around free association and active imagination, the dreams explored in chapter five of the book involve an uncovering of these internalised objects and how they play themselves out in the dreamscape, and also this looks at just how devastating some of these internalised symbols can be for the psychology of those persons of colour who endure racism.  The third part to this exploration is actually how through working this often dark, shadowy and destructive material, those persons of otherness, in this case based around race, can actually find themselves on a route towards individuation towards a separation from the internalised impact of white supremacy, colonialism, etc. 

Lecturer

Dr Dwight Turner is Senior Lecturer within the School of Applied Social Sciences at the University of Brighton, lecturing on their PG Dip and MSc courses in Counselling and Psychotherapy, a PhD Supervisor at their Doctoral College, a psychotherapist and supervisor in private practice.   

His latest book Intersections of Privilege and Otherness in Counselling and Psychotherapy was released in February 2021 and is published by Routledge. An activist, writer, and public speaker on issues of race, difference and intersectionality in counselling and psychotherapy 

Here is an article about Dr Dwight Turner, check it here. 

Chair

Alexa Walker trained as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist at WPF Therapy.  She has worked in private practice and taught and supervised at WPF Therapy at all levels, including leading seminars on Diversity.  She has a particular interest in promoting diversity, which has been informed by her earlier experiences of management and communication in multi-cultural environments, and in thinking about difference in all its facets.

Target Audience:

This event should be interesting and accessible for anyone interested in the topic, including qualified counsellors and psychotherapists and the general public. This event is open to all.  

Applications must be received by Thursday, 14th October 2021. 

Please note that by booking a ticket for this event, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions for CPD events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

If you experience any problems please contact events@wpf.org.uk.

 

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Privilege, Identity and Otherness: An Intersectional Exploration with Dr Dwight Turner

Workshop dates

Lecture date, 23 October 2021
Time: 10am - 11.30am

Workshop leader

Dr Dwight Turner

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

General Admission: £25

More information

Training Administration
events@wpf.org.uk

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£25

This event will be delivered via Zoom online.

If you are interested in WPF Therapy upcoming events, please check our Eventbrite page.

  • How can we work with the internalised experience of privilege and otherness and of internalised racism, sexism and homophobia, etc. in the consulting room? 
  • Are you interested in working with issues of privilege and otherness? 
  • How privilege and otherness factors in the therapy room? 
  • How does a therapist’s identity impact upon their own privilege? 

This lecture presents the key ideas from Dr Dwight Turner’s new book and it will provide clinical examples of how power appears in therapy with the other. This workshop also encourages participants to explore their own sense of privilege and otherness. 

By attending this lecture you can expect: 

  1. To have a greater intellectual understanding of privilege and otherness.
  2. To begin to develop a felt unconscious understanding of this for themselves.
  3. To begin to demystify these concepts as they are so common.
  4. To start developing the skills to better work with difference in practice. 

Outline  

The presentation will be provided using Powerpoint and discussion.  

In Dr Dwight Turner’s latest book Intersections of Privilege and Otherness in Counselling and Psychotherapy (Routledge, 2021), the aim is to actually explore the internalised experience of privilege and otherness and of internalised racism, sexism and homophobia, etc.  The last chapter though, looks at how we can actually work with these internalised experiences, especially through the language of dreams.  Borrowing from Carl Jung’s ideas around free association and active imagination, the dreams explored in chapter five of the book involve an uncovering of these internalised objects and how they play themselves out in the dreamscape, and also this looks at just how devastating some of these internalised symbols can be for the psychology of those persons of colour who endure racism.  The third part to this exploration is actually how through working this often dark, shadowy and destructive material, those persons of otherness, in this case based around race, can actually find themselves on a route towards individuation towards a separation from the internalised impact of white supremacy, colonialism, etc. 

Lecturer

Dr Dwight Turner is Senior Lecturer within the School of Applied Social Sciences at the University of Brighton, lecturing on their PG Dip and MSc courses in Counselling and Psychotherapy, a PhD Supervisor at their Doctoral College, a psychotherapist and supervisor in private practice.   

His latest book Intersections of Privilege and Otherness in Counselling and Psychotherapy was released in February 2021 and is published by Routledge. An activist, writer, and public speaker on issues of race, difference and intersectionality in counselling and psychotherapy 

Here is an article about Dr Dwight Turner, check it here. 

Chair

Alexa Walker trained as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist at WPF Therapy.  She has worked in private practice and taught and supervised at WPF Therapy at all levels, including leading seminars on Diversity.  She has a particular interest in promoting diversity, which has been informed by her earlier experiences of management and communication in multi-cultural environments, and in thinking about difference in all its facets.

Target Audience:

This event should be interesting and accessible for anyone interested in the topic, including qualified counsellors and psychotherapists and the general public. This event is open to all.  

Applications must be received by Thursday, 14th October 2021. 

Please note that by booking a ticket for this event, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions for CPD events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

If you experience any problems please contact events@wpf.org.uk.

 

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The alchemy of dreams and lucid dreaming in therapeutic practice with Melinda Powell - Online Workshop

All participants completing the workshop will receive a Certificate of Attendance for their Continuing Professional Development portfolio.

Workshop dates

Workshop:, 30 October 2021
Time: 10am - 4pm

Workshop leader

Melinda Powell

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £85
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainees: £75
WPF Therapy Trainees/Staff: £60

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£85

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom online.

Maximum number of places – 20

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How can alchemy help us understand therapeutic processes at work in dreams and dreamwork 

In Carl Jung’s alchemical model, dreams are viewed as taking us through an alchemical process that reveals our inner gold. When working with our dreams, we can learn how an understanding of alchemical stages and imagery helps us to recognise the psychological and spiritual development that is mirrored in our dreams. By tracking alchemical processes, we can learn how to develop dream awareness in order to better identify and withdraw our projections, transforming how we view ourselves and others. 

During this workshop, we will explore the ways that the alchemical model reveals the therapeutic potential of lucid dreaming. I will begin by sharing a recent dream and use it to illustrate the alchemical principles introduced. This will also be used for an experiential exercise. After an introduction to the lucid state, I will show how the practice of what I call ‘Lucid Surrender’™ can facilitate the withdrawal of projections within the dream. This original application of Jung’s alchemical model to dream lucidity brings new dimensions to our understanding of alchemy, therapeutic practice and lucid dreaming. 

I will outline four alchemical process – separate, dissolve, recombine and fix, explaining how these relate to stages in therapy involved in the recognition, and withdrawal, of projections. To illustrate the process of dream alchemy, I will then draw on alchemical emblems from the Rosarium Philosophorum (The Rosary of the Philosophers, 1550), featured in Carl Jung’s ‘The Psychology of the Transference’. Participants may be asked to share in cluster activities to generate ideas for amplifying the discussion. We will then apply the alchemical model to the introductory dream.  Creative Imagination visualisations related to dream illustrations and guided meditations will also form part of the day. Volunteers will be invited to share their new insights with the group. 

 

Workshop Aims 

By the end of the workshop you will: 

  1. Be able to discuss what dream awareness is and how it relates to dreamwork dream lucidity and alchemy 
  2. Outline fundamental alchemical processes that can be observed in dreams and dream lucidity including colours, imagery and themes associated with the alchemical process 
  3. Recognise how the alchemical model relates to the dynamic of projections and their withdrawal.  
  4. Have an understanding of how to apply this recognition both to the therapeutic process and everyday life.  

 

Workshop Leader

Melinda Powell, M.A. (Psychology of Religion, Heythrop College), Advanced Diploma Psychotherapy, Advanced Diploma Supervision, Certification in Transpersonal Dreamwork.

Melinda co-founded the Dream Research Institute, with Nigel Hamilton, at the Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education, London, to promote research into the relationship between dreams and wellbeing. She has served as past vice-president of the International Association for the Study of Dreams and as director of HELP Counselling Centre. She works as a psychotherapist, teaches Lucid Surrender and writes about dreams and dream lucidity. Her writings have appeared in a variety of publications, including Lucid Dreaming: New Perspectives on Consciousness in Sleep (Praeger, 2014) and Dreams: Understanding Biology, Psychology and Culture (ABC CLIO,2019). In her book, The Hidden Lives of Dreams  (March 2020), she foregrounds the importance of dreaming for human development and mental health. Her next book Lucid Surrender: The Alchemy of the Spirit in Lucid Dreaming will be published in 2021. 

Target Audience:

This workshop is open to training and qualified counsellors and psychotherapists. People involved in the counselling/psychotherapy and other mental health professions and anyone interested in the psychological processes involved in lucid dream alchemy. Please note that by booking on this workshop you agree to keep all discussion confidential.

Applications must be received by Thursday, 21th October 2021.

Please note that by booking a ticket for this event, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions for CPD events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

If you experience any problems during the application process then please contact events@wpf.org.uk.

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The Me-Me-Me Mother - or Father: Working with the toxic legacy of narcissistic parenting with Wendy Bristow - Online Workshop

All participants completing the workshop will receive a Certificate of Attendance for their Continuing Professional Development portfolio.

Workshop dates

Workshop:, 6 November 2021
Time: 10am - 4pm

Workshop leader

Wendy Bristow

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £80
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainees: £70
WPF Therapy Trainees/Staff: £55

More information

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£80

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom online.

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  • What is a narcissistic parent?  How can we recognise this? 

  • How do we recognise the deep wounds, psychic pain and impossible relationships in later life.  

  • How do we deal with that narcissistic parents from our adult selves? 

  • How can we work with the lasting impact of narcissisistic parenting with our adult clients? 

‘When I’m dead, you’ll be all alone because your father doesn’t want you. Just remember that and treat me nicely.’ Thus Ariel Leve quotes her bohemian poet mother in her memoir about their difficult relationship, An Abbreviated Life.  

Many of our clients have been propelled into our consulting rooms due to the wounds form narcissistic parenting.  Many of us may have ended up as therapists for the same reasons. 

Workshop Aims 

By the end of the workshop you can expect: 

  1. An understanding of narcissism 
  2. Familiarity with specific symptomsissues and characteristics of adult children of narcissists. 
  3. Relevant theory – eg narcissistic rage; Shaw’s ‘traumatic narcissism’; Fairbairn’s rejecting object. 
  4. Ideas on working with adult children of narcissistic parents. 

Outline  

There will be tutor presentation on narcissistic parenting; definition of narcissism and its characteristics then an outline of its effects on offspring as well as group discussions.   

Group discussion and questions. There will be space for thinking about our clinical work as well as working with the transference and countertransference. 

Workshop Leader
Wendy Bristow
 trained at WPF Therapy and has worked in private practice in Central London and then Angel for the past seven years. Her background is in the media – she worked as a magazine journalist and editor before training as an executive coach. She then coached and trained editors and journalists at the BBC, Conde Nast and all the major magazine houses and some newspapers. She therefore has some 30 years’ experience of being self-employed She has written on the legacy of narcissistic parenting for Therapy Today and the therapy portal Welldoing. 

Target Audience:

This workshop is open to training and qualified counsellors and psychotherapists.  The focus of the workshop will be psychodynamic thinking but practitioners of all modalities are welcome to attend. Please note that by booking on this workshop you agree to keep all discussion confidential.   

Applications must be received by Thursday, 28th October 2021.

Please note that by booking a ticket for this event, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions for CPD events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

If you experience any problems during the application process then please contact events@wpf.org.uk.

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‘Novel connections’- Exploring Literature and Psychotherapy with Martin Weegmann - Online Workshop

All participants completing the workshop will receive a Certificate of Attendance for their Continuing Professional Development portfolio.

Workshop dates

Workshop:, 20 November 2021
Time: 10am - 4.30pm

Workshop leader

Martin Weegmann

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £80
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainees: £70
WPF Therapy Trainees/Staff: £55

More information

Training Administration
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£80

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom online.

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Why do this course? 

The world of literature- including novels, poetry and other written forms- can provide great insights into the work of the counsellor and psychotherapist. Freud himself acknowledged that, as for his insights, the poets had always been there before him.  

In this workshop, we will draw upon literary resources and thus widening the reference base of psychotherapy. 

This workshop aims to help practitioners with the following: 

  • To consider how literature in general can assist our understandings as therapists.
  • To learn about the paradigm of the ‘literary mind’.
  • To draw upon literary examples- including Virginia Woolf, Eugene O’Neil, others, including an opportunity to talk about novel you enjoy.
  • Engage in a creative writing exercise that helps us to appreciate the creative, generative role that writing can play in developing our awareness.

Outline  

Martin will use a combination of formal presentation, and guided discussion, ending the day with whole group dialogue.  

Workshop Leader

Martin Weegmann is a Clinical PsychologistGroup Analyst & Narrative Therapist, with many years NHS experience. He has specialised in substance misuse, personality disorder and complex needs, including psychosis. He has delivered teaching and training to a wide range of organisations throughout the UK, including the WPF. His latest books are Permission to Narrate: Explorations in Group Analysis, Psychoanalysis, Culture (Karnac, 2016) and Psychodynamics of Writing, Ed. (Routledge, 2018) and is busy on a new book, Novel Connections: Between Literature & Psychotherapy. 

Target Audience:

This workshop is suitable for qualified and training psychotherapists and counsellors. The theoretical focus of the workshop will draw upon cultural, narrative and psychodynamic approaches. No specialised pre-knowledge is required.    

All participants completing the workshop will receive a Certificate of Attendance for Continuing Professional Development purposes. 

Applications must be received by Thursday, 11th November 2021. 

Please note that by booking a ticket for this event, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions for CPD events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

If you experience any problems during the application process then please e-mail events@wpf.org.uk. 

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Intergenerational trauma, with particular focus on black identity wounding with Dr Aileen Alleyne - Online workshop

All participants completing the workshop will receive a Certificate of Attendance for their Continuing Professional Development portfolio.

Workshop dates

Workshop, 27 November 2021
Time: 10.00am - 4.00pm

Workshop leader

Dr Aileen Alleyne

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £80
External trainees: £70
WPF Therapy trainees/staff: £55

More information

Training Administration
events@wpf.org.uk
020 7378 2050

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£80

Maximum number of places – 25

This event will be delivered via Zoom online.

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As clinicians we may struggle to understand the part history plays for our clients.  This workshop is an opportunity to explore how our past and its traumatic transmissions still contribute to creating ongoing challenges for cultural, social and racial identity. Our history is deeply embedded in the unconscious and becoming more fully aware of its impact can help facilitate deeper understanding of the struggles clients face in their daily lives. The workshop will provide a space to increase and strengthen your cross-cultural competence in clinical practice.

The aims of this workshop are:

  1. To identify and work with untreated trauma passed on to second and subsequent generations.
  2. To work more competently with dynamics of intergenerational trauma, particularly in the black/white context.

Historical trauma caused specifically by the impact of cultural, racial, societal oppression, creates challenges for both the individual and the collective. This workshop will closely examine how these challenges impact the work of transgenerational healing and our individuation process.

Target Audience

This workshop is suitable for and open to ALL practitioners working therapeutically with adults and children.

Comments from previous participants

  • Brilliant and effective introduction into an important but (often) marginalised topic and phenomenon”.
  • “Dr Alleyne’s warm and authoritative approach meant we were free to speak from our embodied, lived experience without fear or hesitation. Truly enlightening”.
  • “Tough subject delivered in  thoughtful way”.
  • “Reaffirming, validatory and eye-opening course!”.

Workshop Leader
Dr Aileen Alleyne is a UKCP registered psychodynamic psychotherapist, clinical supervisor and organisational consultant.  In addition to running her private practice in East Sussex and South East London, she is a visiting lecturer at several training institutions and a consultant on issues of race and cultural diversity within various workplace settings, such as the NHS, Social Services, Education and the Police Services. Her clinical research, examining black workers’ experiences in three institutional settings, makes a significant contribution to the discourse on race.  Highlighting the concept of ‘the internal oppressor’, it offers ways of deepening understanding of black psychological reactions to the negative impact of racism. Aileen is the author of several book chapters and journal papers exploring themes on black/white dynamics, shame, and identity wounding, and working with issues of Difference and Diversity in the workplace. She is currently writing her first book on Trans/ Intergenerational Trauma. 

Applications must be received by Thursday, 18th November 2021. 

Please note that by booking a ticket for this event, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions for CPD events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

If you experience any problems please contact events@wpf.org.uk.

 

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Languages of loss – Finding creative ways to express grief - Online Workshop

All participants completing the workshop will receive a Certificate of Attendance for their Continuing Professional Development portfolio.

Workshop dates

Workshop date: , 4 December 2021
Time: 10am - 4pm

Workshop leader

Sasha Bates

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £80
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainees: £70
WPF Therapy Trainees/Staff: £55

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events@wpf.org.uk

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£80

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Grief is universal and unavoidable, yet we live our lives as though it won’t happen to us. Losing a loved one may be your biggest fear, or you may be engulfed and silenced by the pain of it having already happened to you. Either way most of us tend to avoid talking about it, which generally only makes an intolerable situation even more painful. This may be your own experience, or you may be finding this to be true amongst your clients. If, as psychotherapists, we ourselves find grief hard to talk about, how can we help our grieving clients open up about one of the most tumultuous and life changing events they may ever experience?

Workshop Aims

By the end of the session you will: 

  1. Explore how grief – our own and that of our clients – can be borne, both within and outside a therapy room and discuss resourcing, in the widest possible sense.
  2. Ground our experience within the context of the various grief theories: Kubler-Ross’s 5 stages, Worden’s 4 tasks, and the more recent Dual Process and Continuing Bonds theories, examining their usefulness, or otherwise. Can theory really help navigate all the ways we attempt to bear the unbearable, express the inexpressible and give voice to the unverbalizable?

 Outline

This experiential workshop uses a variety of physical and creative exercises and discussions to help you discover how to compassionately open up to tumultuous and life changing losses – those that have happened, and those that you might like to deny will ever happen – and explore the ways in which you might start to approach your feelings around this sensitive subject.

Sasha Bates is a psychotherapist, journalist and former documentary filmmaker. After eighteen years in the TV industry she left television behind and re-trained as an integrative psychotherapist at The Minster Centre. After stints working in the NHS and in higher education, she started up in private practice where she gained a reputation as an embodied therapist, earlier trainings in yoga teaching and in ‘trauma sensitive yoga’ having given her a good understanding of the mind body connection. She used this knowledge to write and teach CPD various workshops on the subjects of yoga, trauma and self-care. 

When her husband, Bill, died unexpectedly at just 56, Sasha turned back to writing as an outlet for the unbearable emotions she was experiencing. At the same time, she took refuge in re-engaging with the academic therapeutic theories around grief, using them as a way to help her cognitively make sense of what she was feeling. This dual approach eventually led to her book – Languages of Loss – a raw and frank ‘conversation’ between her grieving self and her therapist self.  

Languages of Loss  was published by Yellow Kite on April 2nd, 2020.  

Target Audience:

 This workshop is open to training and qualified counsellors and psychotherapists.  Please note that by booking on this workshop you agree to keep all discussion confidential.   

Applications must be received by Thursday, 25th November 2021. 

Please note that by booking a ticket for this event, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions for CPD events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

If you experience any problems please contact events@wpf.org.uk.

 

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The sublime in everyday life: Psychoanalytic and aesthetic perspectives with Dr Anastasios Gaitanidis (Lecture)

Workshop dates

Lecture date, 11 December 2021
Time: 10am - 11.30am

Workshop leader

Dr Anastasios Gaitanidis

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

General Admission: £25

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  • What is the sublime and how do we understand it aimmanent in our everyday life, a source of energy and inspiration? 
  • How can it be invoked to support our mental health and well-being? 
  • Are encounters with the sublime loving and caring?  Or can they also be hateful, traumatic, and destructive? 
  • How do these encounters with the sublime overflow and destabilise our psychological and social structures by exposing their fictional and constructed nature? 

Notions of the sublime are most often associated with the extraordinary, and include the intrapsychic, high-cultural, and exceptional occurrences of elation and exaltation as part of its experience.  

In this lecture, Dr Gaitanidis will use ordinary encounters and case presentations in order to make a plea that the existing philosophical and psychoanalytical perspectives on the sublime acknowledge their rootedness in the same world that we all engage in our everyday lives. For all their theoretical and clinical refinements, the various philosophical and psychoanalytic explanations of the sublime remain an expression of, and hence must be guided by, the world of our common human experience. 

He will begin by turning to the emergence and development of the notion of the sublime in philosophy and psychoanalysis in order to show how we can take up this legacy and transform it in a manner that could endow us with a particular power and relevance for the personal, interpersonal, therapeutic, cultural and political questions that confront us in the 21st century. By proposing a more ‘grounding’, ‘ordinary’ way of speaking and thinking about the sublime, we hope that we will be able to reinvigorate the sensuous, mysterious, and ‘sacred’ ways we experience our everyday encounters with the world, therapy, and each other. 

This lecture will be an opportunity to substantiate the existing psychoanalytic and aesthetic, theoretical and clinical knowledge of the sublime by placing it within the context of everyday life using examples of it in art, film, theatre, literature as well as in work, education, relationships, and the clinic.  

By attending this lecture you can expect: 

  • To restore and revive the world of our ordinary sensorial, interpersonal, therapeutic experiences by introducing the sublime as part of its mysterious, irreducible, and open-ended texture. 
  • To be able to use psychoanalytic and aesthetic theories as well as clinical presentations, to revitalise the sublime by re-evaluating its significance for contemporary life and psychotherapy and, in a unique and fascinating endeavour, open a space that will explore the sublime in the ordinary, everyday, and quotidian. 
  • Through the exploration of familiar and unfamiliar threads of the sublime experience, to posit the sublime as invoking an ordinary human response which contains minute, inter-psychic, inclusive cultural and clinical elements, and thus carries within it therapeutic and political potential.

Lecturer

Dr Anastasios Gaitanidis is a Relational Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist, Director of Studies, Author, Theory Editor and Supervisor.  In addition to his clinical work as a psychoanalytic therapist, Anastasios held appointments as a Senior Lecturer and provided clinical and research supervision to counselling psychologists and psychotherapists at Regent’s University London and University of Roehampton. He currently holds the position of Director of Studies for the Professional Doctorate in Psychotherapy at Metanoia training Institute.  

Anastasios is the Theory Editor of the European Journal of Psychotherapy and Counselling (EJPC) and an author who published a substantial body of academic work including journal articles and edited books over the years, with a recent book publication entitled The Sublime in Everyday Life: Psychoanalytic and Aesthetic Perspectives. (Routledge: 2020)

Chair

Stephen Crawford is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist registered with BPC and works in private practice and as Training Lead at WPF Therapy. He has run many sessions for the WPF Reading Group since its inception.

Target Audience:

This course should be interesting and accessible for anyone interested in psychoanalysis, including qualified counsellors and psychotherapists as well as those in training.  Please note that by booking on this event you agree to keep all discussion confidential.

This event will be of great interest to psychoanalysts, psychotherapists and art and drama therapists, as well as scholars and students of philosophy, literature, art and popular culture.   

Applications must be received by Thursday, 2nd December 2021. 

Please note that by booking a ticket for this event, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions for CPD events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

If you experience any problems please contact events@wpf.org.uk.

 

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The sublime in everyday life: Psychoanalytic and aesthetic perspectives with Dr Anastasios Gaitanidis

Workshop dates

Lecture date, 11 December 2021
Time: 10am - 11.30am

Workshop leader

Dr Anastasios Gaitanidis

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

General Admission: £25

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  • What is the sublime and how do we understand it aimmanent in our everyday life, a source of energy and inspiration? 
  • How can it be invoked to support our mental health and well-being? 
  • Are encounters with the sublime loving and caring?  Or can they also be hateful, traumatic, and destructive? 
  • How do these encounters with the sublime overflow and destabilise our psychological and social structures by exposing their fictional and constructed nature? 

Notions of the sublime are most often associated with the extraordinary, and include the intrapsychic, high-cultural, and exceptional occurrences of elation and exaltation as part of its experience.  

In this lecture, Dr Gaitanidis will use ordinary encounters and case presentations in order to make a plea that the existing philosophical and psychoanalytical perspectives on the sublime acknowledge their rootedness in the same world that we all engage in our everyday lives. For all their theoretical and clinical refinements, the various philosophical and psychoanalytic explanations of the sublime remain an expression of, and hence must be guided by, the world of our common human experience. 

He will begin by turning to the emergence and development of the notion of the sublime in philosophy and psychoanalysis in order to show how we can take up this legacy and transform it in a manner that could endow us with a particular power and relevance for the personal, interpersonal, therapeutic, cultural and political questions that confront us in the 21st century. By proposing a more ‘grounding’, ‘ordinary’ way of speaking and thinking about the sublime, we hope that we will be able to reinvigorate the sensuous, mysterious, and ‘sacred’ ways we experience our everyday encounters with the world, therapy, and each other. 

This lecture will be an opportunity to substantiate the existing psychoanalytic and aesthetic, theoretical and clinical knowledge of the sublime by placing it within the context of everyday life using examples of it in art, film, theatre, literature as well as in work, education, relationships, and the clinic.  

By attending this lecture you can expect: 

  • To restore and revive the world of our ordinary sensorial, interpersonal, therapeutic experiences by introducing the sublime as part of its mysterious, irreducible, and open-ended texture. 
  • To be able to use psychoanalytic and aesthetic theories as well as clinical presentations, to revitalise the sublime by re-evaluating its significance for contemporary life and psychotherapy and, in a unique and fascinating endeavour, open a space that will explore the sublime in the ordinary, everyday, and quotidian. 
  • Through the exploration of familiar and unfamiliar threads of the sublime experience, to posit the sublime as invoking an ordinary human response which contains minute, inter-psychic, inclusive cultural and clinical elements, and thus carries within it therapeutic and political potential.

Dr Anastasios Gaitanidis is a Relational Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist, Director of Studies, Author, Theory Editor and Supervisor.  In addition to his clinical work as a psychoanalytic therapist, Anastasios held appointments as a Senior Lecturer and provided clinical and research supervision to counselling psychologists and psychotherapists at Regent’s University London and University of Roehampton. He currently holds the position of Director of Studies for the Professional Doctorate in Psychotherapy at Metanoia training Institute.  

Anastasios is the Theory Editor of the European Journal of Psychotherapy and Counselling (EJPC) and an author who published a substantial body of academic work including journal articles and edited books over the years, with a recent book publication entitled The Sublime in Everyday Life: Psychoanalytic and Aesthetic Perspectives. (Routledge: 2020)

 

Target Audience:

This course should be interesting and accessible for anyone interested in psychoanalysis, including qualified counsellors and psychotherapists as well as those in training.  Please note that by booking on this event you agree to keep all discussion confidential.

This event will be of great interest to psychoanalysts, psychotherapists and art and drama therapists, as well as scholars and students of philosophy, literature, art and popular culture.   

Applications must be received by Thursday, 2nd December 2021. 

Please note that by booking a ticket for this event, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions for CPD events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

If you experience any problems please contact events@wpf.org.uk.

 

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Reclaiming the Body: trauma sensitive yoga for trauma survivors and their therapists with Sasha Bates - Online Workshop

All participants completing the workshop will receive a Certificate of Attendance for their Continuing Professional Development portfolio.

Workshop dates

Workshop date, 5 February 2022
Time: 10am – 4pm

Workshop leader

Sasha Bates

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £80
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainee: £70
WPF Therapy Trainees/Staff: £55

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Working with trauma can be difficult for both client and therapist. Trauma is embedded in the body and research shows that talking therapies can only go so far as a means of accessing those implicit memories and terrors safely. Research by the Boston Trauma Centre in bodily-based, non-verbal ways of working has resulted in the development of Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TSY) – an enquiring, therapeutic form of yoga that helps those with PTSD and complex trauma reacquaint themselves with their bodies.

TSY differs from more conventional yoga by elevating the client’s personal, internal experience above the need to create a certain ‘shape’ or to work at a certain pace dictated by the teacher. There is no expectation to achieve or conform; instead, the priority is to create a safe environment where clients feel safe enough to participate in whatever way they feel able. In this way, it is also suitable for those with injuries, restricted movement, or little strength or flexibility. 

By attending this workshop you can learn: 

  • Exploration of how TSY can be used in a therapeutic setting leading to some practical skills that can be offered to clients. 
  • Introduction to the principles and theories underpinning TSY as well as an understanding of how misuse, or more standard yoga classes might sometimes work paradoxically to harden defences and hinder recovery. 

Outline

There will be a mixture of lecture with power point presentation alongside group discussion. Also work in breakout groups and pairs for further discussion and some role play. Experiential TSY classes including movement, breathing, meditation and relaxation both on a yoga mat and in a chair. 

Target Audience

This workshop is open to qualified and training psychotherapists and counsellors. Please note that by booking on this event you agree to keep all discussion confidential.   

Workshop Leader

Sasha Bates, MA, MBACP, is an integrative psychotherapist in private practice, who trained at the Minster Centre. She is also a BWY and Yoga Alliance trained yoga teacher, and has done additional training in restorative yoga and in Trauma Sensitive Yoga. She is a journalist and the author of Languages of Loss: A psychotherapist’s journey through grief (Yellow Kite, 2020) and A Grief Companion: practical support and a guiding hand through the darkness of loss (Yellow Kite, 2021). Her forthcoming book “Yoga Saved My Life” will be published in March 2022, also by Yellow Kite. 

Applications must be received by Thursday, 27th January 2022. 

Please note that by booking a ticket for this event, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions for CPD events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

If you experience any problems during the application process then please contact events@wpf.org.uk.

 

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Working with suicide with Kirstie Adamson

All participants completing the workshop will receive a Certificate of Attendance for their Continuing Professional Development Portfolio.

Workshop dates

Workshop date, 12 February 2022
Time: 10 am - 4 pm

Workshop leader

Kirstie Adamson

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £80
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainee: £70
WPF Therapy Trainees/Staff: £55

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Suicide is on the increase and Samaritans say that more understanding can help support those at risk. 4 in 5 of all suicides in UK are by men (ONS). In 2015, 6,188 suicides were registered in the UK (ONS). Actual figures are probably far larger because of the amount of deaths registered as misadventure.

Duncan Selbie, chief executive of Public Health England, said: “Suicide is the leading cause of death for men under 50, and more women are taking their own lives each year. Death by suicide is never inevitable, but for a person who is overwhelmed by feelings and events that appear insurmountable, it can seem like the only answer.”

Working with a suicidal client can raise many issues. This workshop will help you look at how to assess risk when working with a suicidal client and be clear what your responsibilities are. We will consider the implications and issues about breaking confidentiality and will look at any relevant legal issues.

During this workshop we will be able to explore the following questions:

  1. How do you assess risk especially in men?
  2. What do you do when you think your client is going to kill him/herself? How does it impact you? What are your feelings?
  3. What are your responsibilities legal and otherwise?
  4. When do you break confidentiality?

Suicide and the threat of suicide can be challenging and frightening for therapists.  This day will provide an opportunity to discuss issues around suicide especially in men, both in terms of practical risk assessment, and the emotional impact that it can have on you, the therapist.  The day will include paired exercises, small group exercises and some whole group discussions. Clinical examples will be given throughout. The workshop will:

  • Help you look at how to assess risk when working with a suicidal client
  • Get clear what your responsibilities are
  • Consider the implications and issues about breaking confidentiality
  • Look at any relevant legal issues

Comments from previous participants:

  • “Very useful, practical course; led by an extremely competent and empathic tutor.”
  • “An essential day for anyone intending to set up in private practice.”
  • “This workshop was informative and containing, supportive.”

Workshop Leader
Kirstie Adamson works full time as a counsellor and supervisor in a variety of settings. She trained originally integratively and has since done further training particularly in trauma including Somatic Experiencing, Constellations and online counselling. She works part-time in private practice specialising in working with adoptive families, with trauma and working creatively. She is also Deputy Head of Wellbeing at the University of West of England.

In addition, she previously worked for many years providing counselling in a safe house for sex workers, at a secondary school and in an adoption agency. Prior to that she worked as a lawyer for over 15 years specialising in family and children law. She contributed to the BACP books Therapists in Court and Record Keeping and the forthcoming book on Online supervision by Karnac. For her Masters she completed research in how emotions affect our ability to learn. She is currently writing a novel.

Target Audience:

This workshop is open to training and qualified counsellors and psychotherapists.  Please note that by booking on this workshop you agree to keep all discussion confidential.   

Applications must be received by Thursday, 3rd February 2021. 

Please note that by booking a ticket for this event, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions for CPD events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

If you experience any problems during the application process then please contact events@wpf.org.uk.

 

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Boarding school syndrome: The anatomy of a trauma with Joy Schaverien -Online Workshop

All participants completing the workshop will receive a Certificate of Attendance for their Continuing Professional Development portfolio.

Workshop dates

Workshop date, 7 May 2022
Time: 10am-4pm

Workshop leader

Joy Schaverien

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £80
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainee: £70
WPF Therapy Trainees/Staff: £55

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This insightful and thoughtful workshop will provide participants with an opportunity to learn in depth about the trauma of early boarding. In addition to this Prof. Schaverien will raise awareness of the nature of this trauma; the depth of which is often missed by experienced psychotherapists.

As a result of attending this workshop you will:

  • Be more alert to the suffering caused by boarding.
  • Understand the nature of sexual abusive behaviour in such schools.
  • Understand that in this case the therapist may need to be more active than in some other forms of trauma.

In her book Boarding School Syndrome: The Psychological Trauma of the “Privileged” Child (Routledge: 2015) Joy Schaverien identified a cluster of symptoms and behaviours, which she classified as ‘Boarding School Syndrome’. The premise is that children sent to boarding school at an early age suffer the sudden and irrevocable, loss of their primary attachments and this constitutes a significant trauma. The children are also unsafe because, in some schools, they are at the mercy of bullies and sexual predators.  To adapt to the system, a defensive and protective encapsulation of the self may be acquired; the true identity of the person then remains hidden. This pattern may continue into adult life, distorting intimate relationships. This workshop will draw attention to the ways in which this syndrome may present in psychotherapy. It will give a sense of the depth of trauma, which is often missed when a client mentions they attended a boarding school.

In the first part of the day we will look at the anatomy of the initial trauma.  Depth case material will be presented and illustrated by pictures made by clients.

In the second part of the day we will consider the forms of sexual wounding that may take place in the boarding school.   It is hoped to have time for lively discussion of the issues raised as well as considering clinical material brought by participants.

Workshop Leader
Professor Joy Schaverien PhD is a Training Analyst of the Society of Analytical Psychology (London) with a private analytic and supervisory practice in the East Midlands. She is Visiting Professor for the Northern Programme for Art Psychotherapy and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Analytical Psychology.  Joy has published extensively on topics related to art and analytical psychology and her recent books include: Boarding School Syndrome: The Psychological Trauma of the ‘Privileged” Child, (June 2015) which was a Routledge and Amazon bestseller and The Dying Patient in Psychotherapy. Erotic Transference, Dreams and Individuation (which is soon to be republished by Routledge).

Target Audience
This workshop is open to qualified and training counsellors and psychotherapists.  The orientation of the workshop will be psychodynamic but practitioners of all modalities are welcome to apply.

Applications must be received by Thursday, 28th April 2022.

Please note that by booking a ticket for this event, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions for CPD events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

If you experience any problems during the application process then please e-mail events@wpf.org.uk. 

 

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The Art of Listening with Anouchka Grose (Lecture)

Workshop dates

Lecture date, 19 March 2022
Time: 10am - 11.30am

Workshop leader

Anouchka Grose

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

General Admission: £25

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‘Anna O’, or Bertha Pappenheim, is famously credited with coining the phrase ‘the talking cure’. What gave her the idea that talking helped? And was it the talking or the listening? While her analyst, Josef Breuer’s, naivety about the explosive potential of listening led to an abrupt, catastrophic end to the treatment, together they opened the way to Freudian analysis, the plethora of modern talking cures and, most recently, therapy bots. 

So, what makes a good listener? We will look at some of the most commonsensical ideas — patience, tolerance, availability, responsiveness, lack of moral judgement — and ask whether it’s really so simple. In the early 1960s, Jozeph Weizenbaum developed a robot therapist, christened Eliza after the parroting protagonist of George Bernard Shaw’s ‘Pygmalion’. Eliza was designed to respond like a Rogerian, human-centred therapist, mainly repeating people’s words back to them, slightly differently inflected. Weizenbaum was horrified that his creation was so well-received — people really seemed to like talking to it — and went on to become a forceful critic of A.I. 

If Josef Breuer’s listening was somehow ‘too much’ — his patient fell madly in love with him, causing him to run away in panic — and Eliza’s listening risked being ‘too little’ — the software just offered a vapid semblance of a human response — what would be ‘just right’?  

 

Lecturer

Anouchka Grose is a psychoanalyst and writer practising in London. She is a member of The Centre for Freudian Research, where she regularly lectures. She has written non-fiction: No More Silly Love Songs: a realist’s guide to romance (Portobello, 2010), Are you Considering Therapy (Karnac, 2011), From Anxiety to Zoolander: notes on psychoanalysis (Karnac, 2018), A Guide to Eco-Anxiety: how to protect the planet and your mental health (Watkins, 2020) as well as writing fiction: Ringing for You (Harper Collins, 1999) and Darling Daisy (Harper Collins, 2000). She also writes about art and fashion, and contributes to The Guardian, Radio 4, and Resonance FM. 

Target Audience:

This event should be interesting and accessible for anyone interested in the topic, including qualified counsellors and psychotherapists and the general public. This event is open to all.  

Applications must be received by Thursday, 10th March 2022. 

Please note that by booking a ticket for this event, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions for CPD events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

If you experience any problems please contact events@wpf.org.uk.

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The Art of Listening with Anouchka Grose

Workshop dates

Lecture date, 19 March 2022
Time: 10am - 11.30am

Workshop leader

Anouchka Grose

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

General Admission: £25

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‘Anna O’, or Bertha Pappenheim, is famously credited with coining the phrase ‘the talking cure’. What gave her the idea that talking helped? And was it the talking or the listening? While her analyst, Josef Breuer’s, naivety about the explosive potential of listening led to an abrupt, catastrophic end to the treatment, together they opened the way to Freudian analysis, the plethora of modern talking cures and, most recently, therapy bots. 

So, what makes a good listener? We will look at some of the most commonsensical ideas — patience, tolerance, availability, responsiveness, lack of moral judgement — and ask whether it’s really so simple. In the early 1960s, Jozeph Weizenbaum developed a robot therapist, christened Eliza after the parroting protagonist of George Bernard Shaw’s ‘Pygmalion’. Eliza was designed to respond like a Rogerian, human-centred therapist, mainly repeating people’s words back to them, slightly differently inflected. Weizenbaum was horrified that his creation was so well-received — people really seemed to like talking to it — and went on to become a forceful critic of A.I. 

If Josef Breuer’s listening was somehow ‘too much’ — his patient fell madly in love with him, causing him to run away in panic — and Eliza’s listening risked being ‘too little’ — the software just offered a vapid semblance of a human response — what would be ‘just right’?  

Lecturer
Anouchka Grose is a psychoanalyst and writer practising in London. She is a member of The Centre for Freudian Research, where she regularly lectures. She has written non-fiction: No More Silly Love Songs: a realist’s guide to romance (Portobello, 2010), Are you Considering Therapy (Karnac, 2011), From Anxiety to Zoolander: notes on psychoanalysis (Karnac, 2018), A Guide to Eco-Anxiety: how to protect the planet and your mental health (Watkins, 2020) as well as writing fiction: Ringing for You (Harper Collins, 1999) and Darling Daisy (Harper Collins, 2000). She also writes about art and fashion, and contributes to The Guardian, Radio 4, and Resonance FM. 

Target Audience:
This event should be interesting and accessible for anyone interested in the topic, including qualified counsellors and psychotherapists and the general public. This event is open to all.  

Applications must be received by Thursday, 10th March 2022. 

Please note that by booking a ticket for this event, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions for CPD events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

If you experience any problems please contact events@wpf.org.uk.

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The power of transference in the therapeutic relationship with Daliah Slater and Sarabeth Morrison

All participants completing the workshop will receive a Certificate of Attendance for their Continuing Professional Development portfolio.

Workshop dates

Workshop date, 19 February 2022
Time: 10am – 4pm

Workshop leader

Daliah Slater
Sarabeth Morrison

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £80
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainee: £70
WPF Therapy Trainees/Staff: £55

More information

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Transference is ubiquitous. Yet whilst it is often elusive and complex in its nature, working with this unconscious process is an integral part of the therapeutic process.

This workshop will enable you to gain a better theoretical understanding of the complexities and powerful phenomenon of transference and its different types.

  • What is transference?  Do you struggle with the potentially confusing concept of transference?
  • Have you ever experienced strong or inexplicable feelings when working with a client?
  • Have you ever felt stuck, uncomfortable or overwhelmed?
  • Have you ever found yourself getting confused or ‘into something’ with your client? It may be that you are caught in the powerful phenomenon of transference.
  • Do you want to be better able to identify and make sense of the complexities of this?
  • Do you want to feel more confident in how to work with the transference, so it becomes a tool for your practice?

Through experiential exercises and focused discussions, in partners and in groups, you will explore the transference looking for clues and reflecting on this as a means of unconscious communication. Using case studies and film you will explore different transferences in action. Within a safe space, you will explore any current difficulties you may be having with your clinical work. This will enable you to consider practical ways of unravelling and working with the transference. 

By attending this workshop you will expect: 

  • To broaden the understanding of transference theoretically, experientially and practically.
  • To gain confidence in recognising, exploring and using transference.
  • To reflect on the transference within clinical work and to consider interpretations practical ways of working with it.
  • To feel more skilled at working with the transference in clinical practice 

Outline 

The day will consist of theoretical presentations that will link theory with practice, experiential exercises, case study discussion and film. Ample time will be allowed for discussion of clinical work and other relevant material. 

Target Audience
This course is open to qualified and training psychotherapists and counsellors.  The theoretical orientation of the workshop will be psychodynamic but practitioners of other modalities are welcome to attend.

Workshop Leaders
Daliah Slater is an accredited and registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). Daliah holds a Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling from The Counselling Foundation. She also holds a BA Hons in Psychology and Social Studies. In addition to her private practice, Daliah has worked for over 14 years with different organisations, including the charity, No Panic. Daliah works with a wide range of issues from cultural issues to trauma and depression and has a particular interest in anxiety.

Sarabeth Morrison is a BACP accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist. She holds a Masters in Contemporary Therapeutic Counselling from the University of Hertfordshire. Sarabeth has worked for 6 years in private practice and has worked for a number of years as a counsellor in different charitable organisations. Sarabeth works with a wide range of issues in adults from anxiety, depression and life events such as bereavement, abuse, betrayal, family and relationship issues.

Applications must be received by Thursday, 10th February 2022. 

Please note that by booking a ticket for this event, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions for CPD events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

If you experience any problems during the application process then please contact events@wpf.org.uk.

 

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Caring for the Carers with Sasha Bates - Online Workshop

All participants completing the workshop will receive a Certificate of Attendance for their Continuing Professional Development portfolio.

Workshop dates

Workshop date, 19 March 2022
Time: 10am – 4pm

Workshop leader

Sasha Bates

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £80
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainee: £70
WPF Therapy Trainees/Staff: £55

More information

Training Administration
events@wpf.org.uk
020 7378 2050

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£80

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom online.

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Recent research suggests that caring for others can impact on health – your own, and that of your clients. This workshop will explore the science behind this claim, whilst also offering opportunities to experience the counterbalancing effects of self-care. 

Self-care can be an alien concept to those whose empathic temperaments have led them to a career in which they prioritise others at the expense of themselves. Compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma, emotional contagion, or burnout can result and lead to depression, anxiety, addiction, and physical illness. As a therapistit can feel shameful, and might even suggest that we can no longer do our jobs.  We often ignore our own needs, and feel guilty at saying no to others and yes to ourselves.  Neuroscience, polyvagal theory, right brain to right brain communication, and much of the current research is showing that our body-minds and nervous systems non-verbally communicate our lack of self-care to our clients, affecting their ability to experience us as a safe, holding, regulated presence. 

By attending this workshop you should have gained some: 

  • Time to think about and discuss the somatic consequences of your self-care choices on your clients.
  • Exploration of the impact on your own health, happiness and career longevity. 
  • Engagement in experiential exercises to look at how effective your current self-care might be and what might be preventing you from prioritising it.

Outline

There will be a mixture of lecture with power point presentation alongside group discussion. Also, work in breakout groups and pairs for further discussion and some role play, some writing exercises, and experiential movement including yoga, breathing, meditation and relaxation exercises – all proven methods of self-regulation and designed to influence your nervous system, improve polyvagal tone, and help you to ground yourself.  

Target Audience

This course is open to qualified and training psychotherapists and counsellors. Please note that by booking on this event you agree to keep all discussion confidential.   

Workshop Leader

Sasha Bates, MA, MBACP, is an integrative psychotherapist in private practice, who trained at the Minster Centre. She is also a BWY and Yoga Alliance trained yoga teacher, and has done additional training in restorative yoga and in Trauma Sensitive Yoga. She is a journalist and the author of Languages of Loss: A psychotherapist’s journey through grief (Yellow Kite, 2020) and A Grief Companion: practical support and a guiding hand through the darkness of loss (Yellow Kite, 2021). Her forthcoming book “Yoga Saved My Life” will be published in March 2022, also by Yellow Kite. 

Applications must be received by Thursday, 10th March 2022. 

Please note that by booking a ticket for this event, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions for CPD events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

If you experience any problems during the application process then please contact events@wpf.org.uk.

 

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Attachment theory – relationships and mental health with Katherine Berry - Online Workshop

All participants completing the workshop will receive a Certificate of Attendance for their Continuing Professional Development portfolio.

Workshop dates

Workshop date, 5 March 2022
Time: 10am – 4pm

Workshop leader

Katherine Berry

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £80
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainee: £70
WPF Therapy Trainees/Staff: £55

More information

Training Administration
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020 7378 2050

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£80

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom online.

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Attachment theory has taken a leading position in working as a psychotherapists.  It is crucial that as clinicians we are able to understand relationship patterns with our clients.  Many come to us because of issues in relationships. 

Developing your understanding of the role of attachment difficulties in adult mental health problems will give you more tools for your clinical work.  It can also inform therapy assessments, formulation and intervention. 

Workshop Aims  

By the end of the workshop you can expect:  

  1. To understand the basic tenets of attachment theory throughout the life span.
  2. To understand how attachment difficulties can increase vulnerability to the development and maintenance of mental distress in adulthood.
  3. To understand how attachment theory can inform therapy with adults. 

The workshop will include the following: 

Attachment theory was developed by John Bowlby to explain the importance of human relationships to psychological well being across the lifespan. Insecure attachment styles are a vulnerability factor for the development of mental health difficulties and a growing body of research has explored attachment difficulties in people experiencing mental health problem 

This workshop will draw on Professor Berry’s extensive research and experience of working with individuals with mental health problems using an attachment model. The session will begin by exploring the relevance of attachment theory for adulthood relationships and adult mental health. The session will also focus on ways of assessing adult attachment patterns in clinical practice and present a range of standardised methods to assess attachment. This will be followed by a discussion and case examples of how attachment theory can inform formulation and therapy.  The focus will be on how ideas can be integrated into existing evidence-based therapies, as well as the design and delivery of mental health services.  

Target Audience
This course is open to qualified and training psychotherapists and counsellors. The theoretical orientation of the workshop will be psychodynamic but practitioners of other modalities are welcome to attend.

Workshop Leaders
Katherine Berry
 is a Professor in Clinical Psychology at the University of Manchester and Co-director of the Complex Trauma and Resilience Research Unit (C-TRU) at Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation TrustHer research has focused on understanding the psychosocial mechanisms underlying the development of psychosis and using psychological formulations which draw on psychological theories of understanding distress to improve multi-disciplinary mental health care. She is currently Chief Investigator on a large multi-site programme grant and randomised controlled trial (Talk, Understand and Listen for Inpatient Settings, TULIPS) that aims to increase access to psychological therapies and psychologically-informed care on acute mental health wards. She has edited two books on attachment theory: Attachment theory and adult mental health: A clinical guide (Routledge, 2013) and Attachment theory in psychosis: Current perspectives and future directions (Routledge, 2019). She is also joint Editor of the British Psychological Society journal Psychology and Psychotherapy, Theory, Research and Practice.  

Applications must be received by Thursday, 24th February 2022. 

Please note that by booking a ticket for this event, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions for CPD events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

If you experience any problems during the application process then please contact events@wpf.org.uk.

 

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Difference and Discomfort: here and now with Suzanne Worrica - Online Workshop

All participants completing the workshop will receive a Certificate of Attendance for their Continuing Professional Development portfolio.

Workshop dates

Workshop date, 2 April 2022
Time: 10am – 4.30pm

Workshop leader

Suzanne Worrica

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £80
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainee: £70
WPF Therapy Trainees/Staff: £55

More information

Training Administration
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020 7378 2050

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£80

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom online.

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Identity and difference between client and practitioner in the therapy room are sometimes partially worked with or left in the background. The ongoing dis-ease in the social and political field outside the therapy room that our clients bring into the therapy room calls for practitioners to attend to their own thoughts, feelings and the background they bring into the space between client and practitioner. Gestalt therapy theory, with its focus on present awareness, will give participants the opportunity to explore intersections of identities, differences and discomforts in relation to each other. 

After recent social movements all of us are being asked to consider our own social location, the socio-political fields and systems we inhabit. This also includes the microcosm of the therapy room. This workshop will give participants an opportunity to explore where they stand and will support exploration with clients. 

This workshop aims to facilitate discussion and embodied dialogue between participants, leading to greater awareness of their own identities in relation to others and the wider social and political field. Among the main points that will be introduced are intersecting identities and unconscious bias. 

By attending this workshop you will: 

  1. Be able to explore identities and difference in an experiential way and by paying attention to their embodied experience. 
  2. Notice how discomforting feelings can be useful to facilitate further dialogue. 
  3. Have greater awareness of transgenerational messages that are brought into the therapy room and how that might affect the space between client and practitioner. 
  4. Have an embodied experience of the session and learn/practice at least one method of self-regulation practice. 
  5. Explore their own, often surprising, identities and differences including what they have learned from family introjects. 

Outline

This workshop will include experiential exercises, a presentation and genogram work. There will be pair work and small group work, including group process time. Participants will be invited to stay with their embodied experience throughout. 

Target Audience

This workshop is designed for counsellors, psychotherapists and mental health practitioners who are engaged in client work. Please note that by booking on this event you agree to keep all discussion confidential.   

Workshop Leader

Suzanne Worrica has several years’ experience practicing Gestalt Therapy in private practice and as an associate in clinics in London and Brighton. She is a Visiting Tutor at the Gestalt Centre London and have facilitated Gestalt groups, a dynamic arena for growth and change. Prior to this Suzanne worked in the field of mental health for 15 years. She has also written for theatre which brings a creative, intuitive aspect to her practice. Suzanne offers a contemporary approach to talking therapy, integrating contemporary Gestalt therapy with current thinking on neuroscience and the mindbody relationship. The current areas of her research are relationship dynamics, intersections of identity and how the wider socio-political field shows up in the therapy room. Check out her podcast here.  

Applications must be received by Thursday, 24 March 2022. 

Please note that by booking a ticket for this event, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions for CPD events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

If you experience any problems during the application process then please contact events@wpf.org.uk.

 

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Freud, music and the unconscious with Stephen Gross (Lecture) Online

All participants attending the lecture will receive a Certificate of Attendance for Continuing Professional Development purposes.

Workshop dates

Online Lecture:, 9 April 2022
Time: 10 am - 11.30 am

Speaker

Stephen Gross

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

General Admission: £25

More information

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020 7378 2050

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£25

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During this online talk Stephen will use musical illustrations from the 10th to the 20th century, to show how music as well as language is able to express the unconscious mind. With both language and music functioning as modes of communication mediating between the material of the unconscious and the listener.

A major focus will be on the fact that Sigmund Freud’s attitude to music tells us as much about the personal psychology of the man, as it does about the character of music itself. We shall see how Freud’s general mistrust and actual hostility to most music, with the exception  of a couple of 19th century operas, was founded on two differing anxieties. The first being its power to penetrate to, and then activate, the dark forces and phantasies of the personal unconscious against which Freud was personally so resolutely defended. The other being that three of the major thinkers of the 19th century; the philosophers Arthur Schopenhauer and Friedrich Nietzsche, the former especially, and composer Richard Wagner all wrote significantly about music. In doing so they expressed ideas which could be understood as anticipating Freud’s own ideas about the unconscious and even psychoanalysis itself. Freud’s immense narcissism could not tolerate such possibilities.

With regard to the power of music we shall consider the degree to which the personal psychological life especially that of the unconscious is expressed in the music itself; as well as perhaps a collective unconscious and how that musical communication may be experienced by the listener. The combination of words with music will also be addressed.

Participants will leave this presentation, not only with some new insights into Freud himself as a result of his complex relationship to music, but also able to consider more fully the role that modes of art forms,  particularly music, may have in expressing and communicating unconscious material. In addition, how for the listener, music might be seen as being as much of a mediator between the unconscious and the conscious mind as language itself.

Target Audience
This course is open to qualified and training psychotherapists and counsellors. The theoretical orientation of the workshop will be psychodynamic but practitioners of other modalities are welcome to attend.

Speaker
Stephen Gross
is a psychodynamic psychotherapist in private practice who qualified at the BAP in 1986. For over 30 years he has been working at WPF Therapy principally as supervisor and tutor. For the last 15 years has been facilitating the Ontology seminars.  His play Freud’s Night Visitors was performed at The Freud Museum in 2012 and at WPF Therapy. In 2018 his book Living in Language: Poetry and Prose was launched at WPF Therapy. He is particularly interested in the relationship between language and music.

Applications must be received by Thursday,31st March 2022.

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Sexual Difference from Freud to Lacan and its clinical consequences with Anne Worthington - Online Workshop

All participants completing the workshop will receive a Certificate of Attendance for their Continuing Professional Development portfolio.

Workshop dates

Workshop Session 1: , 7 May 2022
Workshop Session 2:, 14 May 2022
Time: 10am – 1pm

Workshop leader

Anne Worthington

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £80
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainee: £70
WPF Therapy Trainees/Staff: £55

More information

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020 7378 2050

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£80

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom online across two Saturdays.

Workshop Session 1: 7 May 2022
Workshop Session 2: 14 May 2022

Time:10-1 pm

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Psychoanalytic ideas about sexual difference are a site of contentionFor some, they serve only to create and sustain ideologies of oppression and pathologisation whereas for others they challenge the binaries of biology/culture or nature/nuture and have radical potential. 

This workshop offers an opportunity to consider how sexual difference is differently conceptualised by Freud and Lacan, to think about how questions of sexual difference manifest in the contemporary clinic and to explore responses from the ‘psychoanalysis or psychotherapy practitioners’. 

Day one will consist of small group exercises, a lecture, a case presentation, clinical examples from participants.

Day two will comprise a large group exercise, a talk and clinical presentations on sexual difference and neurosis, plus sexual difference and psychosis. There will be time and opportunity for clinical questions from participants. 

Workshop Aims  

By attending this this two day workshop you will have: 

  1. An understanding of Freud’s theory of sexual difference.
  2. An understanding of Lacan’s theory of sexual difference.
  3. Participated in an exploration of how questions of sexual difference present in the clinic/consulting room and how they might be understood.

Target Audience

This course is open to psychoanalytic practitioners and trainees. 

This course should be interesting and accessible for anyone interested in psychoanalysis, including qualified counsellors and psychotherapists as well as those in training. There is no prior knowledge required. Please note that by booking on this event you agree to keep all discussion confidential.   

Workshop Leader

Anne Worthington is a Lacanian psychoanalyst, a member of the Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research, the Guild of Psychotherapists and the College of Psychoanalysts – UK.

Applications must be received by Thursday, 28th April 2022. 

Please note that by booking a ticket for this event, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions for CPD events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

If you experience any problems during the application process then please contact events@wpf.org.uk.

 

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Navigating Self and Other in a Changing World with Suzanne Worrica - Online Workshop

All participants completing the workshop will receive a Certificate of Attendance for their Continuing Professional Development portfolio.

Workshop dates

Workshop date, 21 May 2022
Time: 10am – 4.30pm

Workshop leader

Suzanne Worrica

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

Qualified Practitioners: £80
Counselling/Psychotherapy Trainee: £70
WPF Therapy Trainees/Staff: £55

More information

Training Administration
events@wpf.org.uk
020 7378 2050

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£80

This workshop will be delivered via Zoom online.

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During this day participants will be invited to explore embodied and habitual patterns of relating to the other/the world and how shifts in the wider social/political field outside the therapy room might be shaping this sense of self. 

We have been required to move differently in the public space – to keep a social distance – thereby continuously repeating a physical habit that the body remembers. For many this has been reinforced by social isolation; the body forgets deep and intimate touch or the smell of a close other, that affects social bonds. At the same time we have been moved to consider the way systems in society are structured unfavourably for people of colour and for other marginalised groups. How might this impact on a sense of self and how we relate to the other? 

The focus of the workshop is to consider how these changes in the wider field intersect. How might this impact on sense of self, and how might our ‘self’ start dialogue with the client’s? Participants will be invited to embody patterns of movement to explore identities. How might the non-verbal contribute to dialogue or maintain power differentials in the therapy room? 

By attending this workshop you will: 

  • Increase your awareness of how recent and ongoing social change in the wider field intersects and impacts ‘selfing’ – the process of growth and change – and what this means in relationship to others (close others and unknown others) . You will have the opportunity to consider how this shows up in the therapy room and what might be useful to ask. 
  • Give a better understanding of how patterns of relating, including embodied movement patterns, are shaping our sense of self and how this might impact relationships. 
  • Lead to a better understanding of unconscious bias and how the body might unknowingly play a part in othering. 
  • Provide the space to explore fears and hopes for future relationships with ourselves and others. 

Outline

This workshop will include a presentation and case studies. There will be experiential exercises, such as role play and visualisation in individual and pair work. There will be exercises designed to explore body posture and inner sensations.

Target Audience

This workshop is designed for counsellors, psychotherapists and mental health practitioners who are engaged in client work. Please note that by booking on this event you agree to keep all discussion confidential.   

Workshop Leader

Suzanne Worrica has several years’ experience practicing Gestalt Therapy in private practice and as an associate in clinics in London and Brighton. She is a Visiting Tutor at the Gestalt Centre London and have facilitated Gestalt groups, a dynamic arena for growth and change. Prior to this Suzanne worked in the field of mental health for 15 years. She has also written for theatre which brings a creative, intuitive aspect to her practice. Suzanne offers a contemporary approach to talking therapy, integrating contemporary Gestalt therapy with current thinking on neuroscience and the mindbody relationship. The current areas of her research are relationship dynamics, intersections of identity and how the wider socio-political field shows up in the therapy room. Check out her podcast here.  

Applications must be received by Thursday, 12th May 2022. 

Please note that by booking a ticket for this event, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions for CPD events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

If you experience any problems during the application process then please contact events@wpf.org.uk.

 

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Fashion and Psychoanalysis with Anouchka Grose (Lecture)

Workshop dates

Lecture date, 21 May 2022
Time: 10am - 11.30am

Workshop leader

Anouchka Grose

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

General Admission: £25

More information

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£25

This event will be delivered via Zoom online.

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In psychoanalytic literature fashion appears again and again as something ambiguous, both good and evil; something that shares with the psychological symptom a structure of enjoyment and suffering, pleasure and pain, irritation and relief. On the one hand clothes can supposedly help you out with embodied life, conceal the bits you feel ashamed of and accentuate the bits you’re proud of. But then again, fashion isn’t really about clothes in any practical sense, but about the endless replacement of clothes by other clothes — and especially the vilification of certain styles and the elevation of others. Fashion is therefore a system that’s perfect for producing the kind of anxiety that keeps people captivated — you have to stay constantly attuned or risk committing a shameful faux pas.   

This talk will focus on the phenomenon of fashion, the clothing of psychoanalysts, and the kinds of behaviours around fashion you might come across in the consulting room. 

Lecturer

Anouchka Grose is a psychoanalyst and writer practising in London. She is a member of The Centre for Freudian Research, where she regularly lectures. She has written non-fiction: No More Silly Love Songs: a realist’s guide to romance (Portobello, 2010), Are you Considering Therapy (Karnac, 2011), From Anxiety to Zoolander: notes on psychoanalysis (Karnac, 2018), A Guide to Eco-Anxiety: how to protect the planet and your mental health (Watkins, 2020) as well as writing fiction: Ringing for You (Harper Collins, 1999) and Darling Daisy (Harper Collins, 2000). She also writes about art and fashion, and contributes to The Guardian, Radio 4, and Resonance FM. 

Target Audience:

This event should be interesting and accessible for anyone interested in the topic, including qualified counsellors and psychotherapists and the general public. This event is open to all.  

Applications must be received by Thursday, 12th May 2022. 

Please note that by booking a ticket for this event, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions for CPD events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

If you experience any problems please contact events@wpf.org.uk.

 

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Fashion and Psychoanalysis with Anouchka Grose

Workshop dates

Lecture date, 21 May 2022
Time: 10am - 11.30am

Workshop leader

Anouchka Grose

Venue

Online from WPF Therapy

Fees

General Admission: £25

More information

Training Administration
events@wpf.org.uk

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£25

This event will be delivered via Zoom online.

If you are interested in WPF Therapy upcoming events, please check our Eventbrite page.

In psychoanalytic literature fashion appears again and again as something ambiguous, both good and evil; something that shares with the psychological symptom a structure of enjoyment and suffering, pleasure and pain, irritation and relief. On the one hand clothes can supposedly help you out with embodied life, conceal the bits you feel ashamed of and accentuate the bits you’re proud of. But then again, fashion isn’t really about clothes in any practical sense, but about the endless replacement of clothes by other clothes — and especially the vilification of certain styles and the elevation of others. Fashion is therefore a system that’s perfect for producing the kind of anxiety that keeps people captivated — you have to stay constantly attuned or risk committing a shameful faux pas.   

This talk will focus on the phenomenon of fashion, the clothing of psychoanalysts, and the kinds of behaviours around fashion you might come across in the consulting room. 

Lecturer

Anouchka Grose is a psychoanalyst and writer practising in London. She is a member of The Centre for Freudian Research, where she regularly lectures. She has written non-fiction: No More Silly Love Songs: a realist’s guide to romance (Portobello, 2010), Are you Considering Therapy (Karnac, 2011), From Anxiety to Zoolander: notes on psychoanalysis (Karnac, 2018), A Guide to Eco-Anxiety: how to protect the planet and your mental health (Watkins, 2020) as well as writing fiction: Ringing for You (Harper Collins, 1999) and Darling Daisy (Harper Collins, 2000). She also writes about art and fashion, and contributes to The Guardian, Radio 4, and Resonance FM. 

Target Audience:

This event should be interesting and accessible for anyone interested in the topic, including qualified counsellors and psychotherapists and the general public. This event is open to all.  

Applications must be received by Thursday, 12th May 2022. 

Please note that by booking a ticket for this event, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions for CPD events, so please read through them carefully before making your purchase.

If you experience any problems please contact events@wpf.org.uk.

 

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